Advocates for Victims of Careless Chain Pharmacies—Chicagoland Prescription Error Lawyers
Pharmacists are medical professionals who serve a vital role in our health care system. Pharmacists are charged with filling a prescription properly, and they also keep track of drugs a customer is taking to avoid contra-indications from drugs prescribed by different physicians. When customers take a prescription to a pharmacy to be filled, they typically rely on the pharmacist to provide appropriate warnings regarding side effects, dangerous drug interactions, and other issues related to safe use of a drug. While small neighborhood pharmacies used to offer direct interaction between the pharmacist and customer, the growth of large chain pharmacies has resulted in customers often seeing only a “pharmacy tech” who lacks the knowledge and experience to properly advise and warn customers regarding potential risks associated with a medication. In other cases, the high volume of transactions conducted by massive chain pharmacies can result in a higher risk of making a critical error, such as dispensing the wrong medication or indication of an incorrect dose.
If you or a loved one is injured by a pharmacist whom you entrust to dispense drugs safely, the pharmacy can be liable for mistakes that often have debilitating and potentially fatal consequences. Our Chicago pharmacist malpractice lawyers handle claims against pharmacies that injury customers by making prescription errors. While pharmacy error cases can be complicated, our lawyers have over 45 years of combined experience representing victims of negligent conduct. This experience along with our commitment to tenaciously pursuing the maximum recovery for our clients has enabled us to recover over $40 million for personal injury victims.
Pharmacist Errors Frequently Cause Injury to Patients
While many pharmacy customers assume that prescription errors never occur, estimates indicate that patients suffer about 1.5 million preventable negative drug events annually. Many of these bad reactions are the product of mistakes by pharmacists. Because a larger share of Americans currently take multiple prescription medications, the risk of pharmacy negligence is on the rise. The CDC reports that approximately 82 percent of people in the U.S. take prescription medication, and approximately 29 percent take at least five separate prescription drugs. Further, the FDA has indicated that about 1.3 million customers per year suffer injury caused by a medication error. According to a study that looked at 140,755 prescription doses, approximately, 5,075 of the filled prescriptions involved an error. Further only one in five of these mistakes was caught through a verification process.
Common Pharmacy Mistakes Causing Prescription Drug Injuries
Pharmacist must remain vigilant and alert because even a fairly minor deviation from the indicated prescription instructions can cause permanent injury or wrongful death. Some of the common pharmacist mistakes our law firm can handle include:
- Inaccurate labeling of a drug
- Failure to offer proper instructions regarding a medication
- Dispensing the wrong drug
- Failing to warn of potentially dangerous side-effects
- Filling multiple prescriptions without advising of adverse interactions
Pursuing Accountability for Pharmacist Malpractice
Our Chicago pharmacy negligence lawyers diligently pursue compensation for victims of prescription errors. Our law firm can provide the perfect balance of experience, expertise, empathy, diligence, and tenacity to help you obtain the best possible outcome for you and your family. We invite you to contact us today at (312) 422-0500 or email us to schedule your no obligation free consultation.
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