Millions of Americans are injured or die each year as a result of pharmaceutical errors. Many of these errors are completely preventable. Pharmacists have an obligation to take all the necessary precautions to avoid making a prescription error.
Pharmaceutical mistakes can be caused by prescription errors such as wrong dosage or wrong medication, dispensing errors, dangerous drug combinations, allergic reactions and failing to warn patients about common side effects. The resulting consequences for patients can be quite serious or even fatal. In the event that you or a loved one has been harmed by a medication error, an experienced New Jersey medical malpractice lawyer from Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP can advise you of your legal rights and how to move forward in holding the negligent pharmacists accountable for their mistakes.
Avoid Becoming a Victim of Pharmaceutical Medical Malpractice: Protect Yourself and Your Family With These Simple Recommendations
Here are some simple steps to take the next time you get a prescription medication filled for yourself or a family member at your local pharmacy:
- Inspect your prescription: When you receive your prescription, don’t assume that it is correct. Immediately open it and inspect the prescription bottle for accuracy. Make sure the right name, medication and dose is listed. If something doesn’t seem right, ask the pharmacist. One of the most common pharmaceutical errors is a patient receiving a prescription intended for another customer.
- Agree to patient counseling: Pharmacies are required to offer counseling to consumers when they pick up their prescriptions. You have a choice to accept or decline the counseling session. Say yes. This is a great opportunity to speak with the pharmacist and obtain crucial information about your medication such as why it is prescribed, how it should be taken, if any drug interactions exist and what side effects should be expected. It is during these counseling sessions that a prescription error may be detected.
- Read provided information: Reading all of the available information on a specific drug that you are prescribed may help identify an error. This is also a good opportunity to further educate yourself on your medications.
- Choose a primary pharmacy: Try to use the same pharmacy for all of your medication needs. This gives the pharmacist an opportunity to get to know you and keep track of your medications, drug interactions and allergies.
- Report a pharmaceutical error: If you detect a prescription error prior to taking a medication, you should notify the pharmacy right away. An investigation into how and why the error occurred may help prevent any further medication mistakes. If you or a family member is harmed in any way by a pharmacy mistake, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Keep the medication and prescription as potential evidence and contact a qualified medical malpractice lawyer. You may also consider reporting the error to the state’s medical board.
Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP: New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyers Representing Victims Harmed by Pharmacy Negligence
If you or someone you love has been harmed as a result of pharmacy negligence, contact the New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP to discuss the details of your potential case. Our NJ medical malpractice lawyers have decades of experience investigating and litigating medical malpractice claims involving prescription medication errors. We have established a proven track record of achieving justice and compensation for countless medical malpractice victims. We maintain offices in Edison, Red Bank and Toms River, New Jersey. Call us today at 732-777-0100 to schedule a free consultation with a reputable NJ medical malpractice lawyer or contact us online.