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North Miami Beach Pharmacy Negligence

North Miami Beach, in Florida’s Miami-Dade County, has many attractions. Among them are the St. Bernard de Clairvaux monastery, the Senator Gwen Margolis Amphitheater, the Littman Performing Arts Theater, and the Fulford Monument. North Miami Beach also has a rich history. The area was originally settled by farmers in the late 1800s and early 1900s, when the United States government was offering free land to settlers and the Florida East Coast Railway allowed settlers to travel to the region. The community was known as Filford By-The-Sea but was devastated by a 1926 hurricane. It was not until after World War II that another land boom allowed the community to rapidly expand again.

Like any city, North Miami Beach has many pharmacies and while most pharmacies and doctors provide the right treatment to the right patient, pharmacy errors and pharmacy negligence are a serious concern for North Miami Beach residents and visitors. If you have been injured and think you may have a pharmacy error or medical negligence case in North Miami Beach or any South Florida community, contact the Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation.

Why Pharmacy Errors and Pharmacy Negligence Occur in North Miami Beach and Other Communities According to one 2008 study conducted by the Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services, the most common causes of pharmacy errors were:

  • Numerous telephone calls 62%
  • Busy days or too heavy a workload 59%
  • Too large a number of customers 53%
  • Poor concentration 41%
  • No system of double checking medications or no one present to double-check prescriptions 41%
  • Understaffing 32%
  • Similarity of drug names 29%
  • Lack of time to speak with or advise patient 29%
  • Hard-to-read prescription information 26%

According to safety experts, many of the same reasons can result in pharmacy errors in North Miami Beach and other Florida communities.

What are Pharmacy Errors?

Pharmacy errors can involve:

  • not filling the doctor’s actual prescription
  • incorrectly filling a prescription – either by providing the wrong prescription to the wrong patient or providing the wrong medication or the wrong dosage
  • failing to counsel patient

A common pharmacy error involves failing to counsel a patient. Under Florida Administrative Code section 64B16-27.820, pharmacists are required to ensure that patients are fully informed about the medication that they are being given. This means that pharmacists need to make sure that patients are aware of the possible risks, possible allergic reactions, and side effects of the medication. Patient counseling also means that patients need to be told about the correct dosing and the correct way to take a medication.

Do you believe that you have suffered an injury due to a preventable pharmacy error? Get the facts about your rights by contacting the Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation to review your case. Depending on your situation, you may be able to file a pharmacy negligence or personal injury claim in North Miami Beach to seek compensation for your injuries. To find out the details, contact the Flaxman Law Group for a free case review.