Unfortunately, many doctors and pharmacists have the same problem.
According to the FDA, roughly ten percent of all medication-related injuries are a result of drug name confusion. Side effects from these kinds of mistakes can range from nausea to organ failure, and in some cases, can cause wrongful death:
- One 19-year-old man in treatment for schizophrenia suffered early signs of fatal complications after being given clozapine instead of olanzapine.
- A 50-year-old woman was prescribed Volmax for bronchospasm, but given Flomax--a medication used to treat enlarged prostate. The mistake sent the woman to the hospital for corrective treatment.
- An 8-year-old patient was given methadone instead of the attention deficit disorder medication methylphenidate, and died as a result of the error.
What do each of these preventable drug errors have in common? In each case, the names of the drugs that were mistakenly given looked or sounded similar to the prescribed medication--a simple mistake that had dire consequences.
The prescription drug error lawyers at Kennedy Hodges make it their mission to protect victims of harmful medication mistakes. If someone you love has suffered due to a pharmacist’s mistake, call us today at 888-526-7616 for a free consultation on your case.
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