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For decades, the pharmacist was a neighbor, a friend, and a person whom everyone trusted. Now, most of us fill our prescriptions at large chains that have sprouted up on virtually every corner in every city and town. Although pharmacies now use fancy computer systems to track and fill prescriptions, the pharmacists, and the pharmacy technicians who help them, can and do make mistakes, and when they do, their customers can suffer serious injuries, or even die. The team of lawyers at regularly represent victims of these serious prescription-filling errors.

Medication errors happen all too often. One study in the Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association estimated that the annual cost of drug-related morbidity and mortality is nearly $177 billion in the United States. According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, at least one person dies every day, and 1.3 million people are injured annually as the result of medication errors by pharmacies and hospitals.

Pharmacy errors, which happen both in hospitals and at corner drug stores, occur for many reasons, including

  • Failing to check for dangerous interactions with other medicines the patient takes
  • Confusing drugs that look alike
  • Dispensing the wrong dosage of medicine
  • Dispensing the wrong drug
  • Dispensing the wrong drug, but has a similar name to the one that was prescribed
  • Dispensing the wrong medication
  • Dispensing the wrong strength medicine
  • Doctor errors
  • Failing to obtain an adequate medical and pharmaceutical history from the patient
  • Failing to provide sufficient information about the drug, or providing the wrong information
  • Failure to indentify drug allergies
  • Giving wrong directions
  • Incorrect drug labeling
  • Incorrect drug packaging
  • Miscommunications between pharmacist and doctors
  • Misreading illegibly written prescriptions
  • Overworked pharmacists making mistakes
  • Pressure from employers to fill prescriptions quickly, thus sacrificing speed for safety
  • Relying on pharmacy assistants and technicians

The results of these negligent and reckless errors include serious injuries, sickness, or death.

Hospitals, pharmacists and doctors have a responsibility to ensure that the drugs they prescribe and dispense to their patients do not cause harm. They must therefore take the necessary steps to insure that each patient receives the correct drug every time and that the drugs they provide are the correct ones for their patients.

The team of lawyers at recognize how serious pharmaceutical errors are. Our team of attorney and paralegals regularly represent the victims and families of pharmaceutical malpractice, and we aggressively investigate each case to determine how and why the mistakes occurred. We regularly consult with pharmaceutical and medical experts, who assist us in analyzing every aspect of our clients' claims, so that we are confident that our clients' rights are protected and that they are compensated for all of their injuries.

If you, a member of your family, or a close friend, have been injured because of taking the wrong medicine or because of some other mistake, you should contact us at for a free consultation.

Simply fill out the form on this website or call 215-995-2506 or 609-389-9958 for help.

Our personal injury lawyers regularly handle pharmacy negligence cases and can assist you with all aspects of your case.

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Gavin P. Lentz, Esq.
Bochetto & Lentz

Gavin Lentz (right) was selected as a "Super Lawyer" for 2006-2009 and 2010-2015 in New Jersey by Philadelphia Magazine. He has also been selected as a "Super Lawyer" by Philadelphia Magazine and the Legal Intelligencer in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 - 2015.

On September 16, 2002 Mr. Lentz was selected as one of the top 50 lawyers in Pennsylvania by the Legal Intelligencer.

He has made many television appearances, including on Fox News, The Today Show, Inside Edition, and The Phil Donahue Show.

Mr. Lentz is a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

As a former prosecutor, he knows how to aggressively go after large pharmacy chains to prove the facts necessary to protect your loved one's rights.

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