Pharmacists are a crucial piece to our healthcare system. Pharmacists provide a safe way of getting medication from doctors to patients, and also provide a critical source of information about medications to patients.
It’s vital that pharmacists use their knowledge of medications, interactions, and the human body and apply that to their jobs. Pharmacists may be the only way to stop a doctor from committing negligence by prescribing the wrong drug or the wrong dosage. In most cases, pharmacists are very knowledgeable professionals who use a great deal of care.
However, in some cases pharmacists may commit negligence. Negligence occurs when a person who has a high duty of care breaches that duty of care. As a result of the breach of the duty of care, a person is usually harmed and that causes damages. If a pharmacist commits negligence, he or she can be held legally responsible for those damages.
There are a variety of ways in which pharmacists may commit negligence. They could accidentally give the patient the wrong dosage. The medication may be dispensed with the wrong directions. A pharmacist may give a patient the wrong medicine that has a similar name as the correct medicine. They could fail to notice that the patient is currently taking a medication that would interact with a newly prescribed medication. They could fail to correctly read the doctor’s handwriting. Many of these mistakes will not result in serious harm. However, for some patients the mistake could be life threatening.
If you have been harmed by a pharmacist’s malpractice, you may wish to obtain legal compensation from the pharmacist or the pharmacy for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, or other expenses you’ve encountered. Call the Dallas pharmacist malpractice attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529 to learn more about protecting your rights.