How common are pharmacy errors?

Pharmacy and other medication errors are more common than many people realize.

A study published in the American Journal of Health-Systems Pharmacy found that of 50 pharmacists studied, 31 committed at least one medication error during the year that the study took place. The study included over 1.9 million medication errors and found 92 medication error events occurred during order verification. The overall rate of error was 4.87 mistakes for every 100,000 orders verified. While this may seem like a low error rate, it is important to note that medication errors can result in serious injury, illness or even death.

The study also examined the causes of pharmacy errors, and found that the error rate increased when hospital pharmacists has too many orders to fill. The researchers also found that pharmacists with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree made fewer errors than those with a Bachelor of Science degree.

If you were injured or lost a loved one and you believe a medication error was the cause, you may be entitled to compensation through a pharmaceutical negligence lawsuit. Contact Joyce & Reyes for a free consultation.

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