Pharmacy Errors Cause 7,000 Deaths Annually

Representing Orlando, Tampa, Miami and Nearby Areas of Florida

According to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy prescription errors cause 7,000 patient deaths annually and 3% of the 5 billion prescriptions filled each year are incorrect. Common prescription mistakes include filling prescriptions with wrong counts, wrong dosages, wrong medicines, and for wrong patient names.

Before taking any medication, patients should carefully review the label, as well as the contents, to see if there are any glaring errors. Certainly, patients can and should rely on their pharmacists to accurately fill their prescriptions, but it doesn’t hurt to take that extra step to try to protect yourself in today’s world of mega-everthing stores, including pharmacies, pressuring pharmacists to express their work in large volumes. Total prescriptions in America were expected to reach 4 billion in 2004, so today the numbers are probably even higher.

While perhaps it is time for American consumers to demand small family owned personal service in some service professions, like drugstores and eye care, the direction of the U.S. economy’s business model seems to be heading full steam in the opposite direction. So, take as many precautions as you can. If you or a family member are injured by a prescription error, call CGWC for legal advice and a free consultation. Recently, a jury in Polk County awarded $ 25.8 million to the family of a lady killed by a prescription error.