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What are Pharmacy Errors

Pharmacy errors arise typically when patients go to pick up their medication, and they start taking the medication without looking at the particular pill or reading the inserts that accompany the particular medications. If it is the wrong medication then the patient will get sick or have some sort of negative side effect that could lead to dire implications.

When they go to the hospital, they realize that the medication they were taking was not the prescribed medication. Investigating the matter further, the patient finds out that the pharmacy has given them the wrong medication than what was prescribed.

What happens when you take something that is not correctly prescribed or inadvertently prescribed? Fortunately, most of the time, patients do not suffer any permanent injuries; because they realize soon after taking the medication that something is wrong. Sometimes the pharmacy dispenses the wrong medication when they cannot read the doctor's prescription properly, and the pharmacy does not bother to pick up the phone and ask the doctor what he has written in the prescription.

Sometimes the decimal point is moved, making the dosage stronger, or you could also end up being given medication of somebody else's prescription. Pharmacies have fail-safe procedures and devices to eliminate or at least minimize these mistakes and internal failed protocols. But pharmacy errors do unfortunately happen from time to time, and the patient would be completely innocent in this frightening but realistic scenario.

How does an Attorney Learn about Pharmacy Errors?

Typically, the client will go to his attorney (the attorney he just hired to represent him) and narrate how he started to experience health issues after taking a particular batch of medication. Most people complain of side effects after consuming the wrong medication, which could include nausea, dizziness, bleeding, and so on.

When they go to the hospital to have their problem scrutinized, the hospital will run different tests until they find out the cause of your pain and suffering. If you have been taking the wrong medication they will then contact the pharmacy, where the pills or liquid medicine is checked again. It will either turn out to be the wrong medication or the wrong dosage.

Your attorney will not only have to find out that someone or some group made a serious error, but also the wrongdoing caused the injury, and the injury was significant. The attorney should be able to establish a causal link between your taking the wrong medication and you ending up with injuries and bad health. This is important because the defense could claim that your injuries could not have been the result of the wrong medication, and you would have developed those symptoms irrespective of whatever you took.

Injuries should be Significant or Permanent

What happens when your injuries are temporary, and they become okay when you stop taking the wrong medication? Well, it is monumental for your health and quality of life, but bad for your potential case. If your injuries are not serious or not permanent, then you may not even be able to file a lawsuit. In fact, your attorney may not even accept your case.

The Order or Operations for Your Case

However, if you have suffered significant or permanent injuries from taking medication that never should have been given to you, then you could have a case that has some value to it. Your attorney will first determine the level of seriousness of your injuries, the treatment you are going to need to recover from your injuries, and treatment you may need in the future.

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