Chicago Pharmacy Error Attorneys for People Injured by CVS
CVS is considered the nation’s largest pharmacy, competing against the other pharmacy giant Walgreens. Out of the more than 7,750 CVS pharmacies located nationwide in almost every state, there are 265 locations in Illinois. Each pharmacy is filled with at least one pharmacist and numerous pharmacy technicians responsible for filling prescriptions for consumers.
Like all drugstores in the United States, CVS pharmacies, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians have a responsibility to dispense medications to consumers in a safe manner. This includes ensuring that the prescription is filled at the right dosage and dispensed to the correct patient. As Illinois pharmacy error attorneys, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers recognizes the breach of that responsibility can cause catastrophic results if the consumer takes medications that have not been prescribed or delivered at a dosage that could cause significant harm or death.
CVS has a duty to maintain an accurate database concerning valuable information on every dispensed prescription medication including the patient’s name, tracking information, birth date, address and previously prescribed drugs. By maintaining these valuable records, the pharmacy can ensure that the patient is receiving a drug that will not interact with other medications currently being taken.
Estimates by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicate that over 1 million individuals are harmed every year by prescription drug errors. These mistakes are often the result of confusing prescriptions and dispensing a medication that sounds like or appears like another drug. Other times, the technician dispenses the medication to the wrong consumer or the pharmacist neglects to provide adequate directions on how to take the drug properly.
Common CVS Pharmacy Errors
Many of the most common CVS pharmacy errors involve mistakes that include:
- Wrong Medication Error – Many CVS pharmacy errors occur when the pharmacist or pharmacy technician incorrectly fills a prescription due to the doctor’s illegible handwriting, misreading the terminology or confusing one drug for another.
- Overdose Error – Overdosing mistakes can be catastrophic, when the pharmacist transposes decimal points or misreads the dosage amount on the doctor’s script. Based on the type of medication, overdose errors can cause catastrophic injuries or death of the patient. Devastating harm and death caused by an overdose is especially prevalent in young children whose bodies are unable to handle the overabundance of many strong or toxic medications.
- Under-Dose Error – For some patients, receiving a dose too small can be just as catastrophic as receiving an overdose. Claims of been filed against CVS pharmacy for under-dose errors that cause serious health consequences to unsuspecting patients.
- Prescription Error Toxicity – Severe life-threatening toxicity can occur when a young child is given a wrong medication. Often times, the parent is unaware that the child is receiving the wrong drug because they do not have the training to comprehend that the medication does not have the correct markings, coloring, shape or size.
- Prescription Error Poisoning – Many medications prescribed by doctors are highly poisonous when used incorrectly. This includes chemotherapy medications necessary to maintain the health of cancer patients. However, when the drug is inadvertently given to a child, the medicine can become a poison causing lifelong medical issues or death.
All CVS pharmacy errors are preventable. In many situations, the pharmacy cut corners by providing inadequate training, minimizing staff or allowing technicians to fill prescriptions. If the pharmacist or technician does not follow correct CVS policies and protocols, pharmacy errors can occur. It might be a failure to communicate with the doctor when the pharmacist is unable to read the prescription or recognize the drug will interact with other medications the patient is taking.
When the CVS pharmacy prescribes a wrong medication, the wrong dosage, mixes up prescriptions, or makes compounding errors, the patient often suffers. When the victim is a child, it is essential for the parents to hire an Illinois prescription error attorney to file a claim or lawsuit to hold those responsible accountable for their negligence.
Contact our Pharmacy Error Attorneys for an Evaluation of Your Case Against CVS
If you, or a loved one, have been injured from a CVS pharmacy error, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help you obtain financial compensation to cover your damages, losses and injuries. Our attorneys have extensive relationships with medical experts who can evaluate the ramifications of pharmacy mistakes to build a strong claim for compensation.