Pharmacists can be held liable for medical malpractice if they act negligently in their practice. A pharmacist has a wide array of responsibilities to their patients and any type of negligence when handling medication can result in serious harm. If you are a pharmacist who is facing an allegation of malpractice, it is important to understand what to expect and what is at stake. Reach out to our experienced medical malpractice defense attorney today to discuss our services and to learn how we can work to fight these accusations. Continue reading to discover the most common examples of pharmacist malpractice and the steps that a patient will have to take to convict a medical professional of malpractice.
What are the most common examples of pharmacist malpractice?
There are various ways for a pharmacist to be convicted of malpractice by acting negligently in their practice. The following are the most common examples of pharmacist malpractice:
- Failing to ensure that the patient can take medications prescribed by different physicians at the same time
- Failing to ensure that the patient’s medical history allows for them to take the prescribed medication
- Prescribing the wrong medication
- Prescribing the wrong dosage of medication
- Failing to contact a patient’s healthcare when there are concerns with a prescribed drug
How can a pharmacist be convicted of malpractice?
There are a few steps that need to occur for a pharmacist to be convicted of malpractice. First, the patient will have to prove that the pharmacist in question owed them a duty of care. In some cases, this may mean that they will prove that the pharmacist gave them their medication or was in charge of handling their medication. This is enough to establish a duty of care. The next step will require the patient to prove that the pharmacist breached the duty of care by acting negligently or otherwise in a way that a reasonable pharmacist would not have acted.
To convict a pharmacist of malpractice, the patient will then have to prove that this breach of care caused them harm which resulted in them experiencing significant damages. When a medical professional is found guilty of malpractice, they may lose their license to practice medicine as well as other serious consequences. If you are facing a medical malpractice conviction, it is essential that you hire a knowledgeable attorney who will work to fight these accusations.
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When a medical professional is accused of misconduct, they must retain strong legal representation. If you require a medical law attorney for your legal matters, call Paul E. Walker, an experienced New York City OPMC & OPD Lawyer. Please contact the Walker Medical Law firm to set up a free initial consultation.