Prescription drug negligence occurs when the wrong medication is given to a patient or a patient receives the wrong dosage. Prescription drug negligence also occurs when doctors and pharmacists fail to account for known drug allergies or harmful drug interactions with other medications a patient is taking.

Pharmacy Prescription Drug Negligence

Due in part to the high number of prescriptions filled each day, pharmacy prescription drug negligence is a rising epidemic in the United States. Unfortunately, the consequences of pharmacy prescription drug negligence can be deadly.

According to pharmacy experts, a big part of the prescription drug negligence problem is that there aren’t enough pharmacists to meet prescription filling demands. “Right now, the number of pharmacists is growing about 1-2 percent a year and the amount of work that each pharmacy is doing is increasing,” says Pharmacist Dave DePersio at Vanderbilt Medical Center. The frequency in which physicians change out generic and brand name prescriptions also contributes to prescription drug negligence in pharmacies, as a common drug may have multiple names.

In a study of 500 prescription drug negligence claims conducted by Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company, 86.4% of the errors identified could have been prevented. The study identified the following types of prescription drug errors:

  • wrong drug dispensed 52%
  • wrong strength dispensed 27%,
  • wrong directions given 7.4%

Prescription Drug Negligence Attorneys

Studies indicate that up to 10% of prescriptions are filled in error. Adverse reactions to receiving improper medication can result in serious illness, organ damage and death. If you or a loved one suffered serious injury from a prescription drug mistake, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

With a medical malpractice lawsuit, our prescription drug negligence attorneys may be able to help you collect compensation for expenses such as:

  • medical bills
  • lost income
  • pain and suffering
  • and more

If you or a loved one were injured by prescription drug negligence in New York, you should contact our experienced medical malpractice attorneys immediately because you generally only have a limited time from when the prescription drug negligence occurred within which to file a medical malpractice claim. Contact our New York attorneys today for a free and confidential case review.

Published November 17, 2011 by