Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
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Pharmaceutical Errors

Posted Friday, December 13, 2019 by Chris Thayer

Alternative TextWith over 7,000 different types of prescription medications available for purchase in the United States, pharmaceutical errors account for thousands of patient injuries and deaths each year.

These errors are entirely preventable, however, and the consequences of such an error can be life-threatening or fatal.

*Medication and Pharmaceutical Errors*The National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention indicates that a medication error occurs when a medication causes an injury due to some of the following reasons:

These mistakes are preventable either by the doctor writing the prescription, or the pharmacist filling the medication properly. Without extra precautions, these medications and pharmaceutical errors can cause severe injuries or death.

*Failure of Communication *The first line of defense with regard to pharmaceutical errors is with the doctor. Every doctor should ensure that a patient understands the name and dosage of the medication being prescribed to them, as well as any possible side effects or interactions with drugs they are currently taking. However, the second line of defense for patient safety rests at the pharmacy.

If pharmacists took the time to follow pharmacy protocols and safeguards, as well as visit directly with the patient, some of these pharmaceutical errors could be avoided. Every patient at a pharmacy should be asked whether or not they would like to visit with a pharmacist, as well as ensure that their medication does not interact with any other drugs they have been prescribed or to which they have listed allergies.

Visiting with a pharmacist can provide the opportunity for a patient to receive valuable information or possibly clarify anything that the pharmacist may not have in the computer system with respect to allergies or other medications the patient is currently taking. Some possible questions or discussions a pharmacist should have with a patient could include the following:

These simple conversations between a pharmacist and a patient provide an extra layer of defense regarding any potential pharmaceutical errors, and can potentially avoid serious injuries or even death to a patient.

*Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney*If you were injured due to the negligence of a doctor, pharmacist, or other medical professional with regard to a prescription, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney. Our experienced legal team at the Pivotal Law Group at 206-340-2008 can help you build a strong case on your behalf. We proudly serve the Seattle, Bellevue, Kent, Renton, Burien, Mercer Island and Issaquah areas.