Just about everyone has walked into a pharmacy to pick up a prescription that was prescribed by their doctor. CVS, Walgreens and Walmart are arguably the three most popular pharmacies in the United States, and between the three they pump out millions of prescriptions yearly. Unfortunately, this means there are thousands of cases of negligence each year.
Millions of people rely on prescription medications to live their everyday lives, and when pharmacies fail to help their customers, it can lead to serious injury and even death. That is why pharmacists and pharmacies should be held accountable for their actions of negligence.
There are many ways in which a pharmacist can be negligent when it comes to customer care. Some of the more common examples include:
- Filling a prescription with the wrong type of medication or an incorrect dosage;
- Giving inaccurate medical advice during distribution;
- Attaching the wrong prescription label to a bottle of medication;
- Failing to explain possible side effects to patients;
- Failing to recognize that a patient suffers from an allergy to certain medications; and
- Failing to record a patient’s current medications and drug history.
Pharmacists are humans like all of us and are prone to make mistakes. These mistakes, however, can lead to serious consequences, and in some cases even death. Therefore, pharmacies and their employees should be held accountable for their mistakes.
In the past, even big pharmacies like CVS & Walgreens have been in hot water due to negligence. A man in Illinois sued Walgreens because they dispensed the incorrect prescription, which almost led to his death. At a CVS, the pharmacists dispensed the wrong dosage to a customer, permanently injuring him. No matter how big or small a pharmacy is, they are not immune from mistakes and negligence.
North Carolina Pharmaceutical Negligence Attorneys
Injuries from pharmaceutical negligence are often very expensive to treat, and can lead to numerous medical bills for the patient. This makes it very important for the injured party to seek compensation from the pharmacy or pharmacist who is responsible.
If you or a loved one have become sick due to the negligence of a pharmacy or pharmacist, contacting a pharmaceutical negligence attorney is of utmost importance. You and your family shouldn’t have to go through this situation alone, and should have an experienced attorney by your side.
Maginnis Howard’s lead pharmaceutical negligence attorney, T. Shawn Howard, is on your side. We have three conveniently located offices across the state in Raleigh, Charlotte, and Fayetteville. For more information on those branches visit our contact page.