Pharmacists and pharmacies owe their patients a duty to provide a professional standard of care, demonstrating the same level of skill that fellow practitioners generally exercise. Over 1.3 million people are injured each year because of medication errors. Medication errors cost in excess of $29 billion per year- one estimate is as high as $72 billion a year. The most shocking of these pharmacy malpractice statistics, however is the fact that nearly 100,000 people die every year as a result of medication mistakes. Pharmacy malpractice statistics show more deaths annually than breast cancer, AIDS, or traffic fatalities. An equally alarming pharmacy malpractice statistic is from a survey where 42% of the people questioned said either they or someone they knew had suffered because of a medication mistake.
Summarizing South Carolina code section §40-43-86: A pharmacist shall review the pharmacy patient record and each prescription drug order presented for dispensing by identifying:
(1) Any over-utilization or under-utilization;
(2) duplicating similar drugs;
(3) drugs which shouldn’t be prescribed for certain diseases ;
(4) drug-drug interactions;
(5) incorrect drug dosage or length of drug treatment;
(6) drug-allergy interactions;
(7) clinical abuse/misuse.
Upon recognizing any of the above, the pharmacist shall take appropriate steps to avoid or resolve the problem which shall, as appropriate, include consultation with the doctor.
The knowledgeable attorneys and co-counsel of The Law Offices of David L. Hood have successfully represented pharmacy malpractice clients throughout South Carolina. To prevail on pharmacy malpractice claims, an injured plaintiff must usually retain expert testimony to establish that negligence was committed and the negligence caused harm. The attorneys and co-counsel at The Law Offices of David L. Hood regularly consult with a number of licensed professionals and retain prominent experts who have a gift for clearly explaining pharmacy mistakes to jurors.
South Carolina law is written to protect you and your family, but also sets statutory deadlines for filing pharmacy malpractice claims. In addition, investigating your pharmacy claim immediately after the injury occurs preserves crucial evidence and valuable testimony.
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