Your state's Board of Pharmacy regulates the pharmacists in your local drug store. In order to become a licensed pharmacist a candidate must graduate from an accredited pharmacy program, participate in a residency or internship program, and pass the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Licensing Examination or "NABPLEX." Each state may have slightly different requirements but most include all three of the preceding requirements. In addition, pharmacists must attend continuing education programs in order to ensure that they maintain their proficiency.
Recently, in an effort to cut costs, many drug store chains have reduced the number of pharmacists on staff and increased the workload on those remaining. The unfortunate result of the overworked pharmaceutical staff is an increasing number of misfilled prescriptions
, many of which have proved fatal. Contributing to the problem of misfilled prescriptions is the poor handwriting of many physicians
, confusingly similar drug
names, and difficult to decipher drug abbreviations. It is important to check the medication you receive at the pharmacy to make certain that it is what your doctor indeed prescribed.
Unbelievably, pharmacists sometimes commit criminal acts that can put their patients at risk. For instance, a Kansas City pharmacist was arrested
recently for providing cancer patients with drugs that were drastically diluted, decreasing their therapeutic benefits.
If you have been injured as a result of your pharmacist's negligent or intentional misconduct, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
- Medical Malpractice & Negligent Care