Pharmacies give unsuspecting patients the wrong medication every day across our country, with an estimated 51.5 million errors occurring every year. Some of these errors are harmless. Others send innocent people to hospitals or worse. The most disturbing thing about prescription errors is often how easily the mistake could have been avoided. In representing victims of "prescription misfills" in Columbia and other parts of South Carolina, I have learned that most of these incidents occur because pharmacists and their teams are simply "in a rush" to meet quotas and corporate time demands. While chain pharmacies may be able to fill more prescriptions than ever before, patient safety is compromised in the name of profits.
What should you do after a pharmacy gives you the wrong medicine?
If you were poisoned due to a pharmacy's error, here are some of the steps you can take to preserve your legal rights:
- Report the misfill to the pharmacy as soon as you learn of it;
- Take photographs of the prescription bottle and the pills;
- Keep all receipts, card statements, and other documentation related to the purchase;
- Seek reasonable and necessary medical care; and
- Consult with a personal injury lawyer who has handled cases similar to yours.
You have the right to trust that the medication prescribed to you is the medication you will receive. Nonetheless, having seen the consequences of pharmacy blunders, I always check to make sure the label and description match the pills inside the bottle. Columbia, SC is home to a number of well-trained pharmacists, but the systemic failures found in the corporate pharmaceutical model are leading to more and more needless injuries, hospitalizations, and deaths.
Rather than fighting a national pharmacy or its insurance carrier by yourself, allow me to help seek justice on your behalf. My offices are located in the heart of South Carolina, allowing me to handle prescription error cases in the Midlands and across our state. To schedule a free consultation, call me at 803-790-2800 (Columbia, SC) / 843-427-2800 (Myrtle Beach, SC), or start a live chat 24/7 with a real, live person to arrange a free and confidential consultation.