Prescription Errors

Texas Medical Malpractice Attorney

A study conducted by the Institute of Medicine found that medication errors are the most common medical mistake in hospitals, affecting 3.7% of all patients. According to the same study, about 1.5 million people annually are injured due to medication errors. While pharmacies have instituted a series of drug utilization edits at the point of sale that warn pharmacists about dangerous drug interactions, dispensing mistakes still occur.

At Hampton & King, our attorneys hold negligent hospitals and pharmacies liable for the injuries they cause due to medication errors. Our office has the experience and knowledge needed to represent clients in cases against hospitals, pharmacies like Walgreens, CVS, and Wal-Mart, as well as mail order pharmacies owned by PBMs like Express Scripts, Caremark, or Medco.

If you or your loved one suffered a serious injury or life threatening drug interaction because of a medication error, contact personal injury attorneys Hartley Hampton and Chris King today. We provide free consultations in order to evaluate your case and discuss the legal options available to you.

The Dangerous Consequences of Medication Errors

Medication errors can result in:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Hypotension
  • Hypertension
  • Internal bleeding
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver failure
  • Ulcers
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Mental confusion
  • Hallucinations

Investigating Dispensing Errors

A number of mail order pharmacies use the automated Optifill™ system to fill prescriptions. A pharmacist is then supposed to check each prescription for accuracy before it is mailed to the customer. Even though this automated system is accurate most of the time, mistakes occur which are not always caught by the pharmacist inspecting prescriptions.

Because customers are told their mail order pharmacy uses a number of quality control methods to reduce or prevent mistakes, there is often an implicit trust on the part patients that the medication they receive in the mail has been checked and re-checked for errors. For this reason, dispensing errors in the mail order setting are particularly dangerous.

Contact Houston Prescription Error Lawyers Hampton & King

At Hampton & King, we investigate the reasons behind a dispensing error or dangerous drug interaction. Our lawyers obtain copies of staffing reports, dispensing error percentages, and communications between prescribing physicians and hospital staff regarding what should have been given to a patient. We look at dosing errors as well as dispensing errors, exposing negligence on the part of pharmacists, doctors, and nurses.

To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and how we can help you, contact medical malpractice attorneys Hampton & King today.