Pharmacy workers and technicians who are dispensing medications are a patient’s final line of defense from medication errors. Unfortunately, despite this last layer of protection, thousands of patients are injured each year because of dispensing errors. These errors are increasing, largely because pharmacy technicians and pharmacists are required to fill dozens of prescriptions each day, work long hours, and work under extreme time constraints.
At the pharmacy level, numerous mistakes can occur, but most have to do with inconsistencies, wrong dosage, or the wrong type of medication making its way into a patient’s prescription bottle – causing fatal interactions or side effects.
Dispensing errors are by far one of the most costly errors in the healthcare industry. If pharmacies take a more proactive approach to dispensing medications, the country may see a decline in the number of these cases.
States should mandate that a licensed pharmacist perform a final check on each prescription dispensed under their supervision. This approach alone could prevent thousands of mistakes each year. Pharmacy technicians – under this check system – can still fill prescriptions, but the pharmacist would perform a cautionary check to ensure the following:
Medications help treat infections, heart disease, and can even kill cancer. However, when these medications are not properly dispensed, they become just as life-threatening as the diseases they are designed to treat. If you were the victim of a prescription error, contact Malman Law now for a free consultation. Get started by contacting an attorney online or calling 888-625-6265.
Malman Law’s founder Attorney Steven Malman has over 30 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, truck accidents, car accidents, premises liability, construction, and workers’ compensation cases in Chicago, IL.
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