What types of pharmaceutical mistakes most commonly lead to lawsuits?

Pharmaceutical negligence is a type of medical mistake that can cause serious injuries to patients and can be the basis of a lawsuit.

Medication errors are one of the most common types of medical malpractice, which occur when a doctor prescribes the wrong drug or the incorrect dose. Pharmacists can also be responsible for serious errors, such as filling the prescription incorrectly, distributing the incorrect medicine or wrong amount to the patient.

Another type of pharmaceutical negligence occurs when an unscrupulous or careless doctor or pharmacist prescribes or dispenses addictive medications to person who should not receive them. Doctors and clinics who engage in this type of “pill mill” behavior may face criminal charges as well as civil liability.

More commonly, liability arises from pharmacist mistakes that could be avoided through better safety protocols. A 2013 study found that 75 percent of patient claims against pharmacists involved patients receiving the wrong drug (44 percent) or the wrong dose (31 percent), during the time period between 2002 and 2011.

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