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Pharmacist errors increased by 64 percent in 2018

Errors among community pharmacists have increased by 64 percent between April 2018 and June 2018, according to a quarterly report from the National Pharmacy Association. Texas residents should know about this trend as they may be affected by it too. In the wake of the creation of the General Data Protection Regulation and changes to the data protection law, there have been more breaches of patient confidentiality and dispensing errors.

Eight percent of the errors recorded in the three-month period involved breaches of patient confidentiality. Other cases had to do with pharmacists giving medications to the wrong patient and mixing up the prescription slips and names and addresses on medication labels. Workload and time pressures were cited as a factor in 45 percent of the errors. This is contrasted with the previous quarter, where workplace pressures contributed to 4 percent of the incidents.

NPA representatives state that many community pharmacists are calling the association for advice regarding how to deal with patient safety incidents. The NPA encourages all such callers to use its online reporting platform. The GDPR, which went into effect May 2018, has highlighted various issues around data breaches, which may be part of the reason why more pharmacists are taking advantage of the NPA's platform. Under the GDPR, some incidents are to be reported to the Information Commissioner's Office.

When negligence is the cause of medication errors, victims have the right to file a claim under medical malpractice law. Several requirements must be fulfilled, however. For example, it must be shown that the doctor failed to live up to an objective standard of care. This will likely require the help of a lawyer and his or her team of third-party experts. Medical experts could also come in and determine the extent of the injuries that were caused by the error. Victims can leave the negotiations to their lawyer.

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