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The Truth About Why Pharmacy Malpractice Occurs


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9/23/2014
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You’ve been going to the same pharmacy in Idaho for years and you’ve never had a problem. Recently, however, you’ve had a few incidents in which errors have occurred. Once, you were given the wrong medication. Another time, the bottle stated the wrong instructions. Fortunately, you noticed the mistakes before you took the medication—but not everyone is so lucky.

Patients trust that pharmacies will provide them with the correct medications. Patients believe that the pharmacists and technicians have their best interests in mind and take care when preparing prescriptions. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case and many people walk away with medications that aren’t intended for them.

Why Do These Errors Occur?

Pharmacists are required to attend years of school to learn about their field. Technicians receive training before they are able to prepare medication for patients—but errors still happen, and here’s why:

  • Pressure to complete orders quickly. Pharmacists and technicians are expected, now more than ever, to complete orders quickly. With so much competition among pharmacies, employees are told to move fast in order to please clients. Unfortunately, accuracy is often lost when speed becomes important, which can lead to errors.
  • Pharmacists are dispensing without thinking first. Pharmacists are typically expected to review the medication in order to make sure the doctor is prescribing the correct amount and strength of the prescription. However, many are dispensing medications without thinking first, and dangerous mistakes are occurring.

You Shouldn’t Have to Suffer Because of Someone Else’s Mistake

Although you understand that people make mistakes, you don’t want to be the person who has to pay the price for the error. Taking the wrong medication or dose of a medication can cause significant health problems—which can be costly.

The attorneys of the Morton Law Offices want to talk to you about your experience. Use our online chat feature or fill out the form on our website. We may be able to help you receive the compensation you deserve. If you found this article helpful, we encourage you to share it with your social media friends!



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