An improperly filled prescription can lead to a pharmaceutical negligence case. If a patient is injured or dies because of improperly prescribed medication, they or their family members may have grounds to pursue a lawsuit. Over one million people in the United States are injured each year due to medication errors. Some of these accidents are due to mistakes made by drug manufacturers. If they don’t test their trial drugs properly, they may be unaware of dangerous side effects and unknowingly put consumers at risk. Because even the drug manufacturers are not completely clear about all possible effects of their own products, and because there is great variability in individuals’ reactions to any drug, there is always some risk in taking any medication.
An FDA study conducted in the 1990s found that improper dosage was most often involved in fatal accidents. In other words, overdosing was the main cause. Some times this simple, but potentially fatal error takes place because a pharmacist can’t read a doctor’s hurried handwriting. Other times, pharmacists make typographical errors while entering dosage information on computer keyboards to print medication labels. The system is fraught with opportunities for simple, but dangerous, mistakes.
Complicating matters is the fact that in Florida, a person can be found guilty of a felony for unknowingly possessing or transporting drugs. Thus, if a pharmacist gave a patient the wrong drug, and the patient was caught by legal authorities, they could face criminal charges. Having a competent Florida pharmaceutical negligence attorney can be very helpful in such complex situations.