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New York City Pharmacy Malpractice and Prescription Errors Attorneys Helping Medical Malpractice Victims

New York is just one of the many states reporting a growing epidemic of dangerous pharmaceutical errors on a regular basis. Pharmacists are legally required to uphold a specific standard of care, just as doctors are.

Patients have the right to be given the prescribed medications, in the requested dosage, with adequate instructions and warnings. All too often this just doesn’t happen. New York pharmacies are overburdened with the number of medications being prescribed, and the pharmacists can sometimes make mistakes while trying to keep up. This where a team of medical malpractice attorneys can help.

This creates a chaotic environment full of confusion and frustration which is a breeding ground for mistakes. Even something as seemingly insignificant as an incorrect warning label can be disastrous. Unsuspecting patrons can end up mixing dangerous drugs with fatal results. The number of pharmacy malpractice cases is on the rise, and pharmaceutical malpractice attorneys are in high demand.

We have extensive experience in pharmacy malpractice, and they can help you hold a negligent pharmacy responsible for their actions. If you or a loved one have been injured due to an unnecessary pharmacy error, call the aggressive attorneys at The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, immediately. You may be due financial compensation.

What type of prescription errors constitutes pharmacy malpractice?

There are a number of prescription errors or combination of errors that can cause harm to an unsuspecting patient. Pharmacists are under constant pressure to perform their duties quickly and to the best of their abilities. Sometimes something as putting the wrong doctor’s name on a prescription bottle can create significant problems. Any number of mistakes behind the counter of an outpatient pharmacy can cause tragedy. Here are some of the most common prescription errors that cause harm:

  • Dispensing the wrong medication – All of the new technology that has been integrated into the workplace commonly makes things easier and safer. However, it can also allow employees and professionals to rely too heavily on technology or machinery.
  • Dispensing the wrong dosage – Again, it is easy to rely heavily on technology and pill counters to do the work and fail to check behind them. Many prescription dosages arrive at the pharmacy in similar bottles, and it can be easy to grab the wrong one. Often varying dosages of a medication may look identical.
  • Mislabeling – It seems simple enough. However, medications are often mislabeled, and a patient may not be getting what they are actually prescribed.
  • Warnings – Many times a pharmacist may fail to put a warning label on a medication altogether, or they may put the wrong warning label on the bottle. Some medications cannot be taken with certain foods, in combination with other drugs, or may have adverse effects on the way a person functions.
  • Patient History – A pharmacist must ask certain questions and know a little bit about the patient he/she is dispensing medications to. Patients may be allergic to certain drugs, or they may already be taking something for another condition and the medications may not interact safely together.

What if a hospital pharmacy made the prescription error?

All outpatient pharmacies are held to the same standard of care by federal and state standards. Whether the medication came from a clinic, a hospital pharmacy, or a public drug store, your rights as a patient do not change.

What damages can I win in a pharmacy malpractice lawsuit?

Every case is different and treated on an individual basis, so the type and amount of damages awarded will be dictated by the specific circumstances of your individual case.

It is not uncommon to be awarded damages for related medical expenses, lost wages, disability, and emotional trauma. In extreme cases, punitive damages such as pain and suffering are also awarded.

Call a NY pharmacy malpractice law firm today

If you or a loved one have suffered serious injury due to a prescription error, you may have legal recourse. Pharmacies have a legal obligation to prevent harm to the patients that they serve. You have the right to receive the prescribed medication, in the correct dosage, with adequate and proper warning labels and counseling.

If you did not, and it caused harm or serious injury, call the pharmaceutical malpractice attorneys at The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, immediately. We will investigate thoroughly and utilize experts in the field to prepare the strongest argument available and maximize your claim.

You can call the toll free number at (877) 675-4529 to set up your initial consultation or you can fill out our consultation request form and we will get in touch with you shortly. If pharmaceutical negligence caused you harm, we will help you hold the negligent parties responsible and get you the financial compensation that you are entitled to.