Risks of Legal Entanglement: Cautions Cases & Counteractions- Pharmacist

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Fortunately for pharmacists, we are not sued as often as other professionals, particularly as individuals. Pharmacists are considerably more likely to face board of pharmacy challenges and actions than malpractice lawsuits, according to a major insurer of pharmacists. Liability insurance for employed pharmacists costs well under $200 per year, reflecting the relatively low risk of lawsuits that pharmacists face. However, certain situations place pharmacists at a higher risk of being sued for malpractice and lead to serious patient harm – particularly in older patients and children. Such suits, even if the pharmacist is insured against malpractice, may lead to profound personal regret, reputational damage, and potential restriction, loss of license, or even criminal conviction. The good news for pharmacists is that it is possible to learn from the misfortunes of others. Reviewing recent lawsuits against pharmacists reveals that there are known ways and resources to reduce your exposure to legal lament, and assure that you are providing the best possible patient care. In this issue, we will discover that the following are recurring themes in lawsuits against pharmacists: • High-alert medications • Long-acting opioids • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome • Unusual and off-label prescribing • Excessive refills
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Course Information

Target Audience

Pharmacist

Author
William E. Fassett
PhD, RPh, FAPhA
Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the situations in which pharmacists have expanded duties to patients, beyond accurate dispensing.
  • Identify high-alert medication circumstances (including those involving long-acting opioids) that have led to significant lawsuits in recent years. Discuss strategies to prevent or mitigate hig h-alert medication situations.
  • Describe examples of unusual or off-label uses for medications that may be particularly dangerous or error prone.
  • Implement strategies from nationally available resources to reduce liability risk for medications or situations that are particularly dangerous or error prone in your practice.

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
    Knowledge
  • CE Broker
    20-878540
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacist : 0798-0000-21-245-H03-P
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Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.