Pharmacy Malpractice & Drug Defects

Doctors, pharmacists, and other health professionals enjoy a deep level of trust in our society. When you are sick, you rely on medical experts to provide you with competent care. When this trust is betrayed by negligence or a defective drug, it is a devastating blow. Although everyone makes mistakes, health care mistakes can mean the difference between life and death.

If you have been injured due to a medical professional’s carelessness or a defective prescription or medical device, you deserve fair compensation for your injuries. Although money can never restore your trust, it can help you cope with the consequences of another’s mistake or malpractice.

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Pharmacist Malpractice

Before I was a lawyer, I was a practicing pharmacist. As a pharmacist and an attorney, I bring a unique perspective to pharmacist malpractice law. More than most people, I understand how much the public relies on pharmacists to provide them with safe, effective prescription drugs and knowledgeable counsel.

There is a reason why prescription drugs are only dispensed by licensed pharmacists. Although these medications have the power to heal, they can also harm if taken incorrectly. The public relies on pharmacists to dispense drugs in a safe manner. The wrong medication or the wrong dose can lead to disastrous consequences, including:

  • Organ failure
  • Brain damage
  • Stroke
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Paralysis
  • Heart attack
  • Death

Unfortunately, pharmacy mistakes happen all too often. When you have come to rely on a trusted pharmacy year after year, you are less likely to notice an incorrect dose or wrong medication. These accidents can happen anywhere, at any pharmacy, whether you shop at Wal-Mart, Rite-Aid, Target, Walgreen’s, or Kroger.

With a rapidly aging population and continued advances in science and health care, pharmacists are dispensing more drugs than ever before. Additionally, an increasing number of pharmacies are relying on pharmacy technicians to handle patient counseling and interaction. When these techs are improperly supervised, the consequences can be deadly.

Pharmacists dispense and compound prescription drugs for a massive variety of ailments. Additionally, they are qualified to counsel patients in the proper way to take medication. They are also charged with checking patient data for potentially dangerous drug interactions. Pharmaceutical errors, such as the wrong medication, incorrect instructions, and failure to catch contraindicated drugs, can lead to disastrous results, including death. Additionally, pharmacists who fail to warn patients about side effects and drug interactions can be liable for resulting injuries.

Negligent Prescribing

When you visit a doctor or a hospital, you have a right to rely on the expertise of the medical professionals providing you with care. Most people never think twice about filling a prescription and taking medication as it is prescribed.

The truth is, doctors are human beings and therefore susceptible to mistakes. Failure to recognize potential drug complications and allergies, incorrect dosage, prescribing the wrong medication, and failure to observe drug interactions are all cases that involve negligent prescribing.

As a pharmacist, I have special insight into negligent prescribing cases. Unlike many attorneys, my health care background allows me to spot errors and oversights in medical records that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Drug Defects

Although federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration regulate both prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals and medical devices, sometimes harmful products are released to the public. In some cases, drug manufactures push the FDA to approve a particular drug. In other cases, substances pose risks that are not discovered until much later.

Drug companies have also been known to withhold or misrepresent critical safety information for the sake of profits. I devote a considerable portion of my practice to representing individuals who have been harmed by defective drugs and devices. Whether you have taken a defective medication or have been harmed by a dangerous medical implant, you owe it to yourself to seek compensation for your injuries.

Your health is a precious asset that has a tremendous impact on your overall quality of life. Although a financial reward might not fully restore your well-being, it can help minimize the impact of a serious injury and aid you on your way to recovery. Furthermore, your case can help hold unscrupulous drug manufacturers accountable for their recklessness and disregard for human health.

Specialized Knowledge and Experience.

Most law firms rely on outside health care experts, such as nurses or emergency medical technicians, to review potential medical-related legal claims. It is relatively rare for an attorney to possess the medical and scientific background necessary to examine medical records to determine whether a client has an actionable claim. As a pharmacist, I bring over 20 years of medical experience to the practice of law. Because I have an in-depth understanding of these issues, I help my clients understand how medicine and the law intersect. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a defective drug or a medical professional’s negligence, contact me today at (912) 265-9811 to discuss your case.