• What are the Four Most Common Causes of Pharmaceutical Malpractice?

    Pharmaceutical Malpractice

    We tend to think of medical malpractice in terms that are limited to substandard or negligent acts on the part of a physician. But physician errors and carelessness only scratch the surface of where malpractice can take place. Medical malpractice is defined as what happens when a patient is harmed by the failure to competently perform medical duties. Patients can be harmed by negligence in the care provided by hospitals, nurses, technicians, and all other contributors to care, including that of pharmacies and pharmaceutical staff. Pharmaceutical medical malpractice can take many forms, and can cause serious physical damage, illness, or even death. At Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr LLC, our professionals are dedicated to helping those who have been harmed by pharmaceutical medical malpractice, including the four most common causes of pharmaceutical malpractice.

    Pharmaceutical malpractice is not simply a matter of an error on the part of your local pharmacy. It can involve drug companies, physicians, pharmacies and their staff, and more. The four most frequently seen causes of pharmaceutical malpractice are:

    • Defective drugs
    • Long-term side effects of drugs
    • Medication that is prescribed improperly
    • Prescriptions that are filled improperly

    Medication is an extremely important part of our resources for addressing health issues, and because of that its uses require special attention, starting from the time that a drug is under development. The most frequently-filed lawsuits regarding drugs focus on a failure to properly investigate or test a drug prior to releasing it onto the market. This type of failure can lead to harmful side effects or unanticipated reactions, dangerous interactions with other drugs that a patient may be taking at the same time, and missing warning labels that could have a real impact on a physician’s decision to prescribe a particular medicine.

    In addition to the development and manufacturing of a drug, pharmaceutical malpractice occurs in the administration of the drug. This can refer to the drug being improperly prescribed or prescribed at an inappropriate strength or dosage, and the drug being improperly dispensed or dispensed at an inappropriate strength or dosage. Any and all of these types of errors or oversights on the part of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other physician office staff, as well as on the part of pharmacists, pharmacy techs or other staff of a medication dispensary put people’s lives at risk. Whether a physician’s office calls in a prescription and provides the incorrect information or a pharmacist mislabels a bottle by typing Tablespoon rather than a teaspoon as a dosage, or putting a patient’s medication into the wrong patient’s bag, serious harm can result – and even death.

    If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of having taken a medication – whether the fault lies with the medication’s formulation, interaction, long-term results, prescribing, or dispensing – then you may be eligible to file a pharmaceutical malpractice lawsuit seeking compensation. The attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC are dedicated to helping those who have been injured by malpractice and negligence. Call us today for help.


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