Who is liable for prescription errors?
Determining who was responsible for the injuries you suffered due to your prescription error is the key to bringing a successful claim for compensation. There can be many different parties involved from when a drug is produced to when a patient actually takes it.
Pharmacists, doctors, nurses and other health care professionals are responsible for making sure that medications are properly prescribed and dispensed. They have a duty to uphold accepted standards of care toward their patients. If their negligence results in a harmful prescription error, they can be held liable through a medical malpractice lawsuit. For example, giving patients the wrong drug dosage, administering the incorrect medication or failing to warn about side effects can lead to injury or illness.
In addition, pharmaceutical companies have a duty to ensure the drugs they manufacture and sell are safe. They can be liable for drug manufacturing defects, improper labeling or making medications without approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Figuring out who was responsible for your prescription error may be difficult. A knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney can advise you on whether you can take legal action against the negligent party.
Other Medication Error FAQs:
- How do pharmacy errors commonly occur?
- What is the time limit for filing a pharmacy error lawsuit in Illinois?
- Who is liable for prescription errors?
- Why do I need a pharmacy error attorney?