Pharmacists have a legal duty, the same as doctors and nurses, to protect patients from unreasonable harm. When a pharmacist negligently administers a prescription, adjusts the dosage, or fails to detect drug combinations that are dangerous, they can be held responsible for injuries the patient suffers.
A pharmacy or its employees who fail to uphold their professional responsibility when dispensing medicine, they can cause medication errors such as:
Wrong Dosages – A pharmacist may provide the wrong size pill, measure out the incorrect dosages, or provide dosage instructions that are inadequate, they may cause the patient to be injured. Serious harm or even death can result if the patient takes and overdose or a low-dose of a prescription drug.
Wrong Medication – It is a pharmacist’s most important duty to ensure that patients receive the medication that was prescribed by their physicians. The patient can be seriously harmed if the pharmacist dispenses the wrong medication.
Drug Interactions – In most pharmacies, programs are utilized that detect when a patient has been prescribed two or more drugs which are dangerous when they are taken together. When the program fails to detect when there is a dangerous drug interaction, which usually occurs when drugs have been prescribed by two different doctors, then the pharmacy could be liable for the damages that result.
It is the responsibility of pharmacies and their employees to prevent unreasonable harm to their customers. People who have been injured because mediation was negligently dispense, could potentially hold those parities accountable for their actions.
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