San Francisco Pharmacy Malpractice Lawyer
The attorneys at Callaway & Wolf have handled numerous prescription drug error cases, both against doctors who wrote a prescription for the wrong medication or dosage, as well as against pharmacies and pharmacists who have given a patient the wrong medication or dosage. Sometimes a doctor writes an incorrect dosage on a prescription form that is not discovered by the pharmacy which dispenses the medicine, even though the pharmacist should have known that the dosage was inappropriate. In other cases, the pharmacist may also fail to account for known drug allergies or harmful drug interactions with other medications the patient was taking. When a doctor writes a prescription with the wrong dosage or dosing instructions, the pharmacy may have a duty to catch this error, especially when the result is a dosage that exceeds maximum dosage guidelines. Pharmacists have had extensive training and are held to a high standard.
Pharmacy Malpractice Injuries
More than 1.5 million Americans are sickened, injured, or killed each year by errors in prescribing, dispensing, and taking prescription medications. Common prescription drug mistakes include doctors writing prescriptions for the incorrect dosage, pharmacies filling prescriptions with the wrong drug or dosage instructions, and prescriptions that interact dangerously with other drugs that a person takes. According to an Associated Press report, doctors’ bad handwriting is often to blame for prescription errors.
California’s Pharmacy & Medical Malpractice Laws
In California, prescription drug errors of physicians, nurses, hospitals, and pharmacies are subject to the medical malpractice law known as MICRA. (See our discussion of MICRA in the Medical Malpractice practice area of our website.)
The malpractice of a pharmacy or physician involved with the prescribing and dispensing of medication can have a long-lasting and harmful effect, or even cause death. If a medication error made by your doctor or pharmacy has led to serious health complications for you or someone you love, it is important to understand your legal rights as soon as possible.
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Please contact Callaway & Wolf to speak to a prescription medication error attorney if you have suffered an injury or harm as a result of taking medications prescribed or filled by mistake. Click here to contact us online.