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What Is Pharmacy Malpractice?

Medical malpractice lawsuits are not limited to doctors. In fact, any medical professional that breaches the standard of care while providing medical treatment and causes injury may be held liable.

In the context of medication errors, the pharmacist who dispensed the drug may have been negligent. Below are a few examples:

Dispensing errors: Most medication errors involve the patient receiving the wrong drug or an incorrect dose of the right drug. In addition, patient harm cans also occur when pharmacists or their technicians provide incorrect instructions to the patient regarding how the drug should be administered.

Compounding errors: While most drugs now come pre-mixed, some liquid medications still require compounding. Mistakes can occur when measuring or combining ingredients. As evidenced by the 2012 outbreak of meningitis tied to a compounding pharmacy, patients can also suffer harm when pharmacists fail to follow proper protocols to avoid contamination.

Counseling errors: Malpractice can also occur when pharmacists fail to properly advise or counsel a patient. For example, pharmacists must alert patients to any potential interactions with other medications they are taking as well as any potential harmful side effects of the drug dispensed.

In addition to pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and even the pharmacy company itself can be held liable for malpractice. Therefore, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney who can fully explore your legal options.

If you or someone you love has suffered from medical negligence, don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego medical malpractice attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.