Pharmacy error, mistake, negligence… whatever you want to call it, is becoming a national epidemic. How many more babies and young people have to get injured or die before something is done to address it? Last week, yet another report filed in Texas of newborns receiving an adult dosage of Heparin, the blood thinning medication, […]
A large chain pharmacy commits another mistake by mislabeling a three month old’s prescription with the wrong dosage. I used the word mistake here because it is a well known way to describe pharmacy errors but the truth is that the words “pharmacy mistake” sound way too innocuous for these situations. This time, in a recent article on […]
There was an article on USAToday.com which excerpted an interview with a young pharmacist (who incidentally is now enrolled in law school), about pharmacy errors. It was a pretty interesting article, as it gave another view as to who is ultimately responsible for prescriptions that are filled and dispensed to the drug-consuming public. The pharmacist, […]
Pharmacy errors can occur when a pharmacist i) dispenses the incorrect medication, ii) dispenses the incorrect dosage of the correct medication, iii) dispenses the correct medication with incorrect instructions, or iv) when the pharmacist fails to take into account known drug allergies or dangerous drug interactions with other medications being taken by a patient. Serious […]
A sad but unfortunately all too increasingly common story of how devastating pharmacists’ errors can be. Please read this article and empower yourself when you need a prescription filled. Read the entire article on consumeraffairs.com.
A Portland, Oregon pharmacy erroneously made a drug 10 times more potent than intended, killing three people who received it at an Oregon clinic in April 2007. A recent article in the Northwest Florida Daily News reported that ApotheCure Inc., a drug compounding pharmacy company in Texas, admitted that an employee made a weighing error […]
A recent post on The Blotter, an ABC News Blog, reported yet another incident of pharmacy negligence in the wake of the report on "20/20" last month. This time, a seven year old Modesto, California boy was given an adult high blood pressure medication by a Walgreen’s pharmacy, instead of the medication he needed for […]
Citizens of New Jersey, would it shock you to learn that in response to concerns about a dangerous increase in pharmacy-related prescription errors, your state legislature has introduced a bill, which if enacted into law, would preclude all forms of recourse should your pharmacist’s mistake cause you or your loved ones to suffer serious physical […]
Tonight’s 20/20 program (see “Tragic Mistakes”) sheds light on what can only be called a silent epidemic of the occurrence of pharmacy errors across the nation. The segment featured the tragic story of a young mother who gave her four-month old daughter who was born prematurely what she thought was an anti-seizure medication. What she […]
Late last year, a jury delivered a verdict ordering Eckerd Corporation to pay Ms. Tiffany Phillips $7.7 million for a pharmacy error which resulted in the loss of the young woman’s new kidney. CVS, also a named defendant in the action, reached a confidential settlement with Phillips for an undisclosed amount.