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What is Pharmacy Malpractice?

When medical professionals make mistakes, it’s essential to hold them responsible for their actions. If you or your loved one has faced negative consequences due to a pharmacist’s error, you may be able to file a pharmacy malpractice lawsuit. What is pharmacy malpractice? Continue reading to learn more about pharmacy malpractice lawsuits and how you can sue. 

What is Pharmacy Malpractice?

Malpractice occurs when a professional, like a doctor or pharmacist, engages in illegal or negligent activities. Pharmacy malpractice is when a person experiences an injury, illness, or death to the negligence of a pharmacy or pharmacist. In order to prove pharmacy malpractice, the four elements of malpractice must be established. They are: 

  1. Duty of Care: Proof of a pharmacist-patient relationship. 
  2. Dereliction: Negligence and/or failure to provide the standard of care. 
  3. Direct Causation: Proof that the pharmacist’s actions directly caused injury to the patient. 
  4. Damages: Evidence of physical, mental, or other suffering to the patient. 

You have a much better case for a successful malpractice lawsuit if you can prove these four elements. 

What Can You Sue a Pharmacy For? 

Suffering caused by the mistakes of others should never need to be endured without repercussions. You can sue a pharmacy for any damages that result from negligence on the part of the pharmacy. Here are some examples: 

  • Dispensing the incorrect dose of a drug.
  • Giving someone the wrong medicine.
  • Not discussing or considering possible drug interactions or side effects. 
  • Failing to provide instructions on how to take the medication. 
  • Ignoring potential drug interactions.

Mistakes such as these can have harmful consequences for people. They may end up taking their medication too frequently or not frequently enough. Pharmaceutical negligence may also cause accidental overdoses or lethal drug interactions. If you or someone you love has experienced any of these side effects due to a pharmacy’s mistake, you may be able to sue. Given that a pharmacist is a trusted medical professional, holding them responsible for their mistakes is crucial to ensuring safety, justice, and a high standard of care. 

What is Pharmacist Negligence?

Negligence is the failure to take proper care when doing something. Therefore pharmacist negligence is when a pharmacist fails to take appropriate care when performing their job. If your pharmacist does something that others would not, this is an example of pharmacist negligence. Essentially, when a pharmacist goes outside of the accepted standard of care, they can be found to be negligent. 

Get a Free Case Review

At Massey Law Firm, we have a diligent and dedicated team that is highly experienced in pharmacy malpractice lawsuits. We use aggressive legal strategies, work with medical experts, and have a deep understanding of these types of cases. Our team believes that it is important to hold pharmacists and pharmacy staff responsible for their negligent actions.

If you would like us to evaluate your claim of pharmacy malpractice, give us a call at 602-955-0055, and someone from our legal team will give you a free case review.

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