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The 5 Most Common Mistakes that Pharmacies Make That Cause Injury or Death to Patients

Pharmacies across the state of Idaho are charged with the responsibility of filling prescriptions ordered by Idaho physicians. Thousands of prescriptions are filled each day by pharmacies across the state. However, in order to keep costs down, pharmacies hire technicians to fill the orders which are supposed to be reviewed by licenced pharmacists, but mistakes due occur in the process. The five most common mistakes that pharmacies make that result in injury and death include

1) Providing the patient with the wrong medication;

2) Providing the patient with the wrong dosage instructions;

3) Providing the patient with the incorrect instructions with the medication;

4) Failing to inform the patient of drug interdiction issues regarding their medication when multiple medications are prescribed; and,

5) Failing to inform the patient of warnings concerning the use of their medication.

It has been reported that over 1.3 million patients have been injured as a result of mistakes concerning their medication. Costs associated with these pharmaceutical errors have been estimated as high as $72 billion a year. Sadly, of the 1.3 million patients injured, it has been reported that nearly 100,000 people die each year due to mistakes regarding medication. Further reports indicate that approximately 3% of all hospital admissions are a result of problems with patients’ medications and approximately 3% of all hospitalized patients are harmed by mistakes regarding their medications which extend their hospital stay by an additional 8 to 12 days. Another concern about pharmacy errors is that patients are rarely informed that a mistake has been made.

The American Medical Association has now published that medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in America today.

If you or a loved one have been injured or killed as a result of the mistake of a pharmacist or pharmacy, you should consult with an experienced personal injury/pharmacy malpractice attorney. Boise Personal Injury and Pharmacy malpractice trial attorney has over 31 years of experience helping victims of negligence seek compensation for their injuries and damages. Mr. Morton is available to meet with you in a confidential setting at his office or your home, workplace, hospital or any other convenient location to provide you with a free initial consultation. You may reach Mr. Morton at 208.344.5555 or toll free at 888.716.8021 or by completing the online contact form. Call Mr. Morton right now! He would be happy to discuss the facts of your case and provide you with information regarding your legal rights and remedies.


Alan Morton
Advocate for Justice/Trial Lawyer