We rely upon doctors to prescribe the proper medications for our illnesses and injuries. Then we rely upon pharmacists to fill the prescriptions properly and provide the correct drug and dosage. We place a great deal of trust in these medical professionals and rely upon their expertise to select the proper treatment for our problems. But every year, over a million deaths and injuries occur due to either an improper prescription, a nurse dispensing the wrong drugs, or a pharmacist filling the prescription incorrectly with the wrong drug or the wrong dosage.
These mistakes happen every day, and when they occur, the results can be devastating. Although most of these errors don’t result in life-long injuries, many of them do, and some even result in wrongful death. Such medical errors occur in hospitals as well as in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, where the often elderly patients are unable to adequately determine whether they are being given the proper amount of medications.
When a medical provider negligently prescribes the wrong drugs, and their conduct falls below the accepted standard care for other similar medical professionals, medical malpractice has occurred and this doctor, nurse or hospital must be held legally and financially responsible for the injuries or deaths that result. In the same way, although a pharmacy is not a doctor, they too need to be held responsible for the pain and suffering that ensues. It is simply inexcusable that any such mistakes should ever happen, and yet they happen every day. Medical providers could follow simple steps to avoid these mistakes, such as double-checking medications and writing prescriptions legibly, but unfortunately, doctors and pharmacists continue to be careless in this regard, and others pay the price for their negligence.