Pharmaceutical Errors that Happen at a Pharmacy
For most patients, once they receive a script for medication, they go to the pharmacy to have it filled. Considering a doctor has ordered it and there are instructions on the script, few think about the potential errors that can happen at a pharmacy. In fact, many patients may be under the impression that once they hand over their script, little to nothing can go wrong. This can often be attributed to not feeling as though they are in a medical office and the grunt work of proper medication has already been completed by the doctor.
In reality, this is not true. In fact, there is more that can go wrong at the pharmacy as they are the ones handling the medication from dispensing, reading the script properly, and so on. Pharmacy errors account for a large amount of medication errors that cause injury to patients. Considering the damage many of the more powerful drugs can incur, handling such medication and providing proper warning as a pharmacist holds a lot of weight.
There are many examples of potential pharmacy errors. Dispensation errors account for nearly a fifth of all medication errors. This type of error is considered any error that happens in a pharmacy, as this is where the medication is dispensed. Despite its straightforward term, dispensation errors are far from simple.
This type of error can include a pharmacist misreading the script from the doctor or not entering the information accurately into the internal system. It is a simple oversight that can happen due to human error, but the consequences can be dire. For some pain medications, this can mean an increase in dosage that could lead to adverse interactions or worse. Many times, pharmacists assume they understand writing that is not legible from a doctor, leading to an assumed dosage or script that could be vastly different from the intended medication.
With proper training, most medication-related errors are preventable. Through double-checking and setting protocol and a company culture of rechecking scripts and calling medical offices for follow-up, pharmacists can help keep patients safe and ensure they have the right medication. If you feel you have been injured or harmed due to the negligence of a pharmacy, contact us today for a free consultation.