A pharmacist’s job goes far beyond simply reading a prescription, putting pills in a bottle, and giving it to a patient. Pharmacists actually go to school for a good deal of time to learn the specifics of their trade. Pharmacists should have a great deal of knowledge related to the chemical make up, family, and specific effects of drugs. One of the things that pharmacists also learn in school which is vital to keeping patients safe is an understanding of the various drug interactions and complications that exist.
If a patient is given a drug that could possibly interact with a drug that he or she is currently taking and is not informed by the pharmacist of this possible interaction, the patient could suffer severe injury or even death and the pharmacist responsible may be held liable.
The Results of Drug Interactions
There are a great number of drugs that can be completely safe until that drug interacts with another drug and the chemical compound becomes different and toxic. There are many possible results when this happens. A number of drug interactions are fairly minor and most people do not even bother reporting these side effects, such as increased tiredness or indigestion. However, there are also a number of very serious interactions that can result in:
• Heart failure
If you feel unsure about a drug that you are about to take, you can also look up the possible side effects and drug interactions yourself by researching it on the internet, but the accuracy of what you find might be suspect.
It is vital that all pharmacists are aware of the incredibly important role that they have in protecting patients and ensuring that they remain safe throughout the course of their medications.
To find out more about drug interactions and complications, visit the website of the San Antonio pharmacy error lawyers of Stouwie & Mayo today.