A person working in any branch of the medical field has the potential to inflict serious harm and injury if he or she fails to do a job properly. One of the most delicate jobs in the medical community, and one of the most overlooked in terms of medical malpractice, is pharmaceutical work.
Employees in the pharmaceutical industry are in complete control of the medications that are distributed to patients dealing with a variety of medical conditions, medications that often mean the difference between life and death.
Studies estimate that approximately 1.3 million people in the United States are injured every year because of pharmaceutical mistakes, resulting in a shocking 100,000 deaths. Additionally, most reports estimate that these numbers are much smaller than the true number of injuries, as many pharmacy errors are likely small enough to go unreported.
A pharmacy error can constitute a range of mistakes. It can be anything as small as a time delay in a patient receiving medication to fatal mistakes, such as providing a patient with the wrong medicine. In any situation, the careless or negligent actions of a pharmacy worker can be directly attributed to the pain, suffering, or death of an innocent patient.
To help prevent pharmaceutical errors from occurring, it is important that negligent pharmaceutical errors are held accountable for their mistakes so that they, and other workers, will be deterred from making acting carelessly in the future.