There are numerous pharmacies throughout the state of California. In fact, whether you live in Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine, or any other city in Orange County, a pharmacy is generally only a short drive from your home. With this abundance of pharmacies comes the risk of prescription error, a problem that is more common than most people think. According to the Food and Drug Administration, medication errors lead to at least 365 deaths and 1.3 million injuries annually.
Jamal Injury Law takes great pride in representing victims of prescription error. Our mission is to minimize future medication errors by holding medicine providers accountable and building public awareness. In fact, one of our cases was featured on NBC Los Angeles.Your Pharmacist’s Role
Pharmacists are trained to have extensive knowledge about all types of medications, including their purpose and potential side effects. Their primary responsibilities include dispensing medications that are prescribed by doctors, providing instructions regarding the usage of prescription medications, and counseling patients who are prescribed such medicine.
Pharmacies usually have protocols in place to ensure that pharmacists and pharmacy staff are competently executing their roles and that prescriptions are being filled properly. Sometimes protocols are inadequate or protocols are simply not followed. This leads to prescription errors, which can cause death or serious injury.United States Food and Drug Administration’s Role
The FDA takes numerous steps to help minimize medication errors throughout the country. In particular:
- To help reduce drug name confusion, the FDA analyzes numerous proposed drug names each year, rejecting approximately 33% of them.
- The FDA works alongside drug companies to minimize the risk of errors that potentially can result from poor product design or similar-looking labeling or packaging.
- Each month, the FDA evaluates over a thousand reports of medication errors to determine the reason for the error.
- The FDA informs the public about medication error prevention though numerous outreach programs.
There are certain steps you can take to protect yourself against the risks of prescription error. In particular, you should:
- Make sure that the prescription filled by your pharmacist matches the one ordered by your doctor.
- Save the informational documents that are included in your medication packaging.
- Maintain an updated list of all your medications.
- Immediately contact your doctor if you incur side effects from any medications.
If we accept representation after evaluating your case, we will take over all of the legal aspects of your claim so that you can focus on your health and wellness. We will update you on the status of your claim regularly and will always be available to answer any questions you may have.Free Case Evaluation
If you have been the victim of pharmacist malpractice you should immediately consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. Whether you suffered a major or minor injury, you may be entitled to compensation. To receive a forthright assessment of your case, please contact us at 714-907-1021 or complete the “contact form” on our website and a lawyer will contact you directly.