When you walk into a pharmacy to pick up medication, you expect that what they are giving you is the right drug. Pharmacies carry thousands of prescription drugs, many with serious side effects. So, if you receive the wrong drug, as a Louisiana family recently alleged, there is a potential for life-threatening consequences.
Parents are suing a Walgreens Pharmacy at West Jefferson Medical Center and Walgreen Louisiana Company Inc. for giving their child the wrong medication. The claim states that the plaintiffs bought the prescription from the defendants for a minor child on March 14, 2016. Due to the pharmacy allegedly dispensing the wrong medication, the child suffered life-threatening reactions. The plaintiffs are accusing the defendants of negligence for failure to warn of the potential dangers of the drug they gave out, failure to properly fill the prescription and overall negligence.
Prescription Error Statistics
According to Patient Safety Network, clinicians have access to more than 10,000 prescription medications. And one-third of adults in the United States take five or more medications. Adverse drug events (ADE) are defined as harm experienced by a patient as a result of exposure to medication. ADEs account for nearly 700,000 emergency room visits and 100,000 hospitalizations every year.
Pharmacists have a duty of care to make sure that the medication they are dispensing is correct. Otherwise, dangerous ADEs can lead to injury, hospitalization and even death. If you have been the victim of a prescription error, speak to a medical malpractice attorney.