Pharmacists are considered health care providers under Maryland law. As such, if they fail to abide by the standard of care they can be held liable for any harm caused by their negligence. Typically, to demonstrate that a pharmacist committed malpractice, a plaintiff must show that the pharmacist breached a duty owed. As such, absent proof of a duty owed, the plaintiff’s claim will most likely fail. This was evident in a recent Maryland case in which the court ruled that a pharmacist had no duty to warn a patient of the dangers of taking a medication and dismissed her claim. If you were hurt by the carelessness of a pharmacist or doctor, it is advisable to talk to a Maryland medical malpractice lawyer about your rights.
The Facts of the Case
It is reported that the plaintiff suffered permanent harm after taking a medication she was prescribed after she was exposed to toxic mold. Specifically, she developed acute gastritis, which later became chronic, and was hospitalized several times. She subsequently filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the drug and the pharmacy that filled her prescription. As to the pharmacy, she alleged that it failed to warn her of the potential side effects of the medication, thereby causing her harm. The defendants moved to dismiss the plaintiff’s claims. The court granted the motions.
Duties Pharmacists Owe Patients
As to the pharmacy, the court held that the plaintiff failed to state a claim for which the court could grant relief. Specifically, her complaint did not set forth facts that, if proven to be true, demonstrated a plausible right to relief. The court noted that a plausible claim must be more than merely speculative or conceivable.