With offices in Salt Lake City, The Gooch Firm, P.C. represents clients throughout Utah and Idaho in personal injury and malpractice claims involving pharmaceutical errors. Pharmacists have had extensive training and should be held to a high standard. However, overworked, careless, and unsupervised pharmacists and other pharmacy employees make mistakes in filling prescriptions every day, often with grave consequences. Pharmacy negligence or malpractice occurs when a pharmacist or pharmacy assistant does not act as a reasonably prudent pharmacist or pharmacy assistant would act under the same or similar circumstances. Adverse reactions to receiving improper medication can result in serious illness, organ damage, and even death.
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If you have been injured by a pharmacy error or pharmacy negligence, contact your doctor or hospital immediately. It is imperative to document that you took the wrong medication and that you get early treatment for any potential side effects or complications. Also, it is important that you keep the prescription bottle as evidence–do not throw away the wrong pills or return the bottle to the pharmacy.
Pharmaceutical drug errors are usually preventable with the implementation of appropriate procedures and precautions, and the application of reasonable care. When they are not prevented and serious or catastrophic harm results to the patient, the responsible parties should be held accountable. Damages may include current medical expenses and any future medical care required to treat the long-term effects of the harmful drug. Victims can also collect for lost earnings if the injury or illness is disabling, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering. If a loved one died, we can help you pursue a wrongful death claim against the pharmacy.
The number of pharmaceutical errors has increased dramatically over the past several years.
This can also include providing instructions that are incorrect or prescribing an incorrect dosage that can prove to be dangerous and even deadly.
All too often doctors or pharmacists forget to account for known drug allergies or harmful drug interactions with other medications the patient was taking. When this happens the patients can, unfortunately, face a life-threatening circumstance.
This can result in a failure to provide proper counseling. Another risk due to a breakdown in communication is confusing drugs that look alike or have similar sounding names so that the patient receives incorrect medication.