Pharmacy Errors

Pharmacy Errors

Recent statistics on pharmacy errors paint an unsettling picture. Pharmacies make 51 million medication errors every year — according to a Pharmacy Times study — the ramifications of which are often catastrophic. “There’s been a tremendous increase in fatal pharmacy errors over the past 20 years” said David Phillips, a University of California professor who has studied the growing problem.With more patients seeking health care outside hospitals, outpatient pharmacists are under extra burden, putting them at greater risk for potentially deadly mistakes. Researchers estimate that of the millions of medication mistakes made each year by pharmacists, 1.5 million people are injured and more than 200,000 people die as a result.

If you or someone you love has been harmed by a pharmacy error or prescription drug mistake in New York, medical malpractice lawyers at The Sanders Firm will review your claim free of charge to determine eligibility for legal action.

Victims of pharmacy malpractice in New York

New York is just one of dozens of states reporting an alarming rate of pharmacy errors, including prescription mistakes, dispensing the wrong medication, incorrect doses and mislabeling. Legal recourse is available to pharmacist malpractice victims, who may be entitled to compensation for past and future medical expenses, lost income, loss of earnings and other non-economic damages.

With a combined four decades of experience litigating cases involving pharmacy errors, The Sanders Firm understands the life-changing consequences that a mixed-up prescription or wrong dosage can entail, and are committed to balancing the scales of justice – one client at a time. When you consult a New York personal injury lawyer at our firm, you can rest assured you’ll receive personal attention and the highest caliber of legal representation.

Veteran New York medical malpractice lawyers

The Sanders Firm boasts an in-house network of medical consultants who are well-versed in the disastrous repercussions of pharmacy malpractice. Our seasoned legal team can accurately determine whether your pharmacist failed to adhere to accepted industry practices, and will diligently fight for the compensation you deserve.

Our reputation as one of New York’s premier malpractice law firms rests on a long history of multi-million dollar settlement negotiations and jury verdicts. If you have suffered serious injury from pharmacy errors, an experienced malpractice attorney can be instrumental in helping you secure maximum damages.

For a free and confidential case review, contact us online. With convenient office locations throughout New York, we represent clients in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island and Long Island.

Injuries and deaths from pharmacy errors


The Institute of Medicine warns that on average patients experience one medication error a day. The bulk of fatal errors occur in elderly patients – usually those over the age of 65. Dosing errors with blood thinners and narcotics have been associated with a number of fatalities — deaths that could have been avoided had pharmacists carried out their duty of care.

Just over 86 percent of pharmacy malpractice lawsuits are filed based on “mechanical errors” such as dispensing the wrong medication, dosage form, directions, quantity, or strength of medicine. With one-third of Americans on at least five different medications, and a growing number of baby boomers on meds, there is a startling increase for potential error.

Shocking reports involving medication errors continue to flood the media. Just last year, a 92-year old woman was mistakenly given the wrong dosage of Oxycontin – and ingested 30 times the normal amount. What began as a routine treatment for a bacterial infection turned into a nightmare for her family, as the patient slipped into a coma and died several months later. The victim’s family settled their claim with the pharmacist and physicians involved in her care, as all parties failed to catch the fatal mistake.

Pharmacist liability

The abundance of errors by pharmacists has fueled litigation across the country, as pharmacies may be held liable for mistakes that cause injuries or death to their patients. Pharmacists face claims filed by patients demanding monetary damage awards in addition to actions brought by regulatory agencies that can revoke their professional licensure.

Damages sought in a pharmacist malpractice suit may include compensation for related medical bills, disability, pain, suffering, emotional trauma and lost wages. In some instances, though rarely, additional punitive damages may be awarded to deter future similar conduct and punish the defendant for their misconduct.

Regardless if they are employed in a public hospital, clinic or drug store, a pharmacist has a duty of care that is owed to the patient. In the event that a mistake is made that causes patient injury, an attorney will need to demonstrate that this duty of care has been breached.

The harsh reality is that pharmacy errors happen every day, negatively affecting the lives of patients and their loved ones. At The Sanders Firm, our team of NY medical malpractice lawyers will hold pharmacists and pharmacy chains accountable for the debilitating injuries or wrongful death their actions have caused.

At The Sanders Law Firm, Success Is A Tradition

Founded in 1967, The Sanders Law Firm has flourished into one of New York’s most successful personal injury practices, with an accomplished team of attorneys, paralegals, health care consultants, and support staff. Our trial attorneys take new cases on a contingency basis, which means there is no cost to the client unless we secure monetary damages on your behalf.

Our personal injury law firm continues to make its industry-leading legal services even better, and hire attorneys and staff that enable us to serve a more diverse population.

At The Sanders Firm, there is never any charge to evaluate your case. We have helped thousands of injured clients throughout New York City, Long Island, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island, and we’re prepared to help you too. In just the last five years we have procured over $100 million dollars on behalf of our clients, thanks to our vast resources and experienced attorneys. Our personal injury law firm continues to make its industry-leading legal services even better, and hire attorneys and staff that enable us to serve a more diverse population.

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