I received water pills instead anti itch pills. The does was to take them 1-3 times (twice a day). I ended up sick in the clinic and with my potassium below 2.5 and they had to administer 3 bags of water into my arm. I had headaches for days, pain in the back and muscles and today I found out I have a bladder infection. I have not been able to sleep and feel terrified about what just happen to me. I think I need to see someone to help me get over this, I am stressed and cannot function anymore.
What can I do in this situation.
There is a cause of action against a pharmacy that is negligent in providing an incorrect prescription, whether the wrong medication is provided, or the wrong dosage is indicated for the "right" medication. Pharmacy error was relatively unheard of at one time but has become somewhat common with the increase of big box stores entering the prescription drug business, hiring "pharmacy technicians" or "pharm-techs" who handle most if not all of the processing while a staff pharmacist only "supervises" to some degree if at all.
If the directions from a physician are unclear it is without any question whatsoever the pharmacist's duty to contact the provider to clarify the prescription prior to dispensing to the patient. Negligence in providing an incorrect prescription, like any other case, requires proof that the entity breached a duty of care, and that harm resulted.
Such cases require medical documentation as to not only what went wrong, but also what causally related damages exist, past, present and future.
My office handles personal injury and accident cases in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. However the general negligence concepts discussed above are relatively universal.
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The pharmacy has insurance to cover prescription errors. Search Avvo for a personal injury/medmal lawyer in your city, and retain a lawyer to make a claim to the pharmacy's insurance company.
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As the other attorneys have pointed out, the pharmacy can be held liable for prescription errors. Because you have been injured by the pharmacy's error, you should have a claim for compensation. The only way to know for sure is to consult with a local attorney. You can search the profiles here on AVVO to find someone in your area. Good luck!
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