Aug 102012

Under Pennsylvania and New Jersey law, hospitals can be held liable for their own actions and failures to act in a case of medical negligence. Even where a pharmacist commits the actual negligence which results in the injury, the hospital may bear liability.

Pennsylvania and New Jersey hospitals may be liable for any of the following kinds of pharmacy errors:

  • dosage errors,
  • strength of dosage errors,
  • dosage form errors,
  • incorrect/wrong medications, and
  • contamination.

Hospital Pharmacy Error Statistics

Hospital pharmacy services are crucial to patient health and safety. Pharmacy errors result in patient injury and death, and many times, pharmacy errors go undetected.

According to a 2006 study, How many hospital pharmacy medication dispensing errors go undetected?, out of 140,755 hospital medication doses, 3.6% contained errors, of which only 79% were detected by the hospital pharmacist. Of the undetected errors, 23.5% were potential adverse drug events.

PA & NJ Hospital/ER Pharmacy Error Liability

Under Pennsylvania and New Jersey law, hospitals and ERs can be held liable for pharmacy errors. Liability is often based on the following kinds of hospital negligence:

  • failure to manage the pharmacy practice,
  • failure to have a proper/updated medication-use policy,
  • failure to supervise medication procurement and inventory,
  • failure to properly prepare, package, label or secure medications,
  • failure to have a proper and secure medication delivery policy,
  • failure to monitor medication use, and
  • failure to train staff regarding hazardous drug administration.

For more information, contact our Pennsylvania & New Jersey hospital emergency room lawyers at 215.925.4451. Our lawyers are available for a free, no obligation legal consultation.

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Published: August 10, 2012

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