• Dec
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Missing Dangerous Drug Interactions Is One of The Top Causes of Pharmacy Malpractice

    Dangerous Drug Interactions

    When you walk into your local pharmacy and hand the clerk your prescription, you do so trusting that the pharmacist is not only going to fill it correctly, but will also alert you to any potential issues with the drug – that they’ll put warning labels on bottles warning you to take it on a full stomach, or not to drive while you’re taking it. But a pharmacist’s responsibilities go far beyond those basics. The pharmacist is also supposed to recognize when a drug that a doctor has prescribed is going to have a dangerous interaction with another one that they already have in their records (or that was prescribed at the same time). Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and some patients have died or become extremely sick as a result.

    An investigation conducted in Chicago a couple of years ago showed exactly how prevalent this problem – a major cause of pharmacy malpractice lawsuits – has become. Researchers were sent to nationally known pharmacy stores with two prescriptions for commonly-prescribed drugs which are each safe on their own, but which can cause muscle tissue breakdown and kidney failure or death if taken together. In 52 percent of the 255 pharmacies tested, the researchers received no warnings about the potential for injury: the prescriptions were filled, labeled and provided without any intervention.

    Though we assume that the chain stores like CVS, Walgreens, and others have computer systems and other protections in place to prevent this type of pharmacy negligence, these failures can easily occur, and they are made even more common because patients see different physicians who are prescribing medications without being aware of what a patient may already have been prescribed, or because patients are requesting drugs that they’ve seen advertised on television and the physicians prescribe them without being aware of the interactions. Today’s pharmacists have a duty of care to recognize these dangers and act quickly to protect their clients, and failing to do so can be dangerous, and even deadly.

    If you have been harmed as a result of a pharmacist or pharmacy employee failing in its duty-of-care, whether by filling a prescription improperly or in not having fulfilled their professional duty of recognizing a dangerous interaction, we can help. Contact us today to learn more about filing a pharmacy malpractice lawsuit.

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