Sometimes, we feel a bit worse for wear and manage to shake it off after a day or two. On other occasions, this simply isn’t possible. When our immune systems need a bit of help, we tend to reach out for the assistance of medical professionals.
A doctor will examine us and make a diagnosis. From this point, they will decide on an appropriate course of treatment. Frequently, the treatment involves taking a course of medicine for a matter of days or weeks. The drugs are recommended by a doctor and dispensed by the pharmacy.
Fortunately, this process usually runs smoothly, but there are times when things go wrong. Pharmacists are not immune from making errors and it is important to protect yourself from this.
What do pharmacy errors look like?
Essentially, a pharmacy error with medication means that the patient does not receive the treatment they were prescribed. They might receive too large a dosage or even the completely wrong medication.
Both doctors and pharmacies have a responsibility to minimize the risks of a patient having adverse reactions to drugs as well. For instance, a patient may have a severe allergy to penicillin. Thus, the drugs they are given should not contain this substance.
Another common form of prescription drug error is giving one patient another person’s drugs. A mix-up like this with drugs can be especially dangerous and it also means that both patients may not be getting the treatment that they need.
What can you do about it?
People in the medical profession work extremely long hours but this does not mean they are entitled to make reckless errors. Your medical team owes you a duty of care and if their mistakes have left you injured, there may be legal options open to you.