Not What The Doctor Ordered
Prescription errors happen when a patient gets the wrong drug at the wrong strength or with the wrong directions. It can be serious and even deadly. With thorough preparation, you can show that the pharmacy committed malpractice.
20 questions I like to ask at every pharmacist’s and pharmacy representative’s deposition. They establish the pharmacist’s duties and the rules that must be followed.
- Do you agree that a pharmacist is required to fill a prescription with the correct medication?
- Is it ever okay to fill a prescription with the wrong medicine?
- Even one error is too many?
- Filling a prescription with the wrong medication violates a pharmacist and pharmacy’s standard of care, correct?
- And that would mean it is malpractice?
- Is a pharmacist responsible for the techs that work with him or her in the pharmacy?
- In other words, a pharmacist must supervise what the techs are doing and ensure that the prescriptions are accurate, right?
- And a pharmacist must check all prescriptions before they go out to patients?
- Even if it was a tech who actually put the medicine in the bottle?
- In other words, if the tech puts the wrong medicine in the bottle and the customer gets that wrong medicine, the pharmacist is responsible for that?
- And, likewise, a pharmacy is responsible for the pharmacist who work there, correct?
- Do you agree that it’s critical for a pharmacy to take every step it can to prevent prescription-filling errors?
- Is there anything more important for a pharmacy to do when it comes to filling prescriptions than to make sure they’re filled accurately?
- Do you agree that a pharmacy should never put profits over customer safety?
- Pharmacist and technicians must be careful when filling prescriptions, correct?
- And they must double-check their work?
- Do you agree that rushing or filling too many prescriptions in too short of a time leads to mistakes and errors?
- What about the pharmacy environment can lead to prescription-filling errors?
- Do you agree that the busier it gets the more prescriptions you fill, the more likely it is that you’ll make an error?
- Is there any limit to how many prescriptions a pharmacist can safely fill in an hour or a shift?
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