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What sort of errors can happen at a pharmacy?

When Camden County, New Jersey, residents go to the doctor, it is not uncommon for them to get a prescription and have to go to the pharmacy to fill it. This is usually not a complicated part of visiting the doctor, although some of the drugs a patient will receive may be powerful drugs that can cause a lot of damage if not used according to the drug's intended purpose.

However, there is always that possibility of pharmacy errors leading to a New Jersey patient getting the wrong medicine altogether or the wrong dose of the right medicine. Sometimes, the end result of such errors is a patient suffering from a worsened medical condition or even dying.

There are a number of different types of mistakes that can happen at a pharmacy. Errors that happen in the pharmacy, which are called dispensation errors, account for over one-fifth of all errors related to drugs.

Sometimes, for example, a pharmacy may just not enter the prescription correctly in to the pharmacy's internal system. While this is merely an oversight, it can be a critical one if it means the patient winds up with the wrong drug that could harm them.

In other cases, the issue might be a pharmacist hastily reading a doctor's prescription and then assuming without checking that he or she understands what the doctor meant, even if the reality is that the doctor's handwriting is not legible. This sort of guessing can easily backfire if it turns out that the pharmacist has guessed incorrectly and provided the wrong drug to a patient.

There sorts of mistakes, and other pharmacy errors, are usually preventable when the pharmacist and his or her staff exercise appropriate care. For instance, in many cases, simply going through the prescription with the patient can catch a mistake. Because these errors are preventable, a patient who gets injured because of a pharmacist's errors may be able to pursue compensation through a medical malpractice case.

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