Medication dosage mistakes can occur in hospitals, at pharmacies and even at home. While doctors and pharmacists shouldn’t make drug errors, sometimes they do and these mistakes compromise patients’ lives. Because many pharmacy errors occur each year, consumers need to be aware of the dangers of medication errors and learn how to protect themselves.
It Starts With the Label
Prescription drug labeling can be confusing and cause patients to take the wrong dosage of drugs. While this type of medication error should be prevented by diligent pharmacists and the use of clear labels, patients also can reduce their risks by taking the following steps:
- Know the drug name and confirm that the name of the drug on the outside of the bottle matches the name of the medication you should be receiving.
- Ask the pharmacist to clarify the directions if you don’t understand the dosage instructions.
- Read the entire label prior to taking any medication to understand if you should take the medication with or without food and at which time of day.
- Read the warning stickers to know what risks or side effects could occur.
- Read the separate instruction pamphlet that is included with the prescription.
While pharmacists and doctors shouldn’t make drug and dosage mistakes, they often do. This is why the suggestions listed above will help you reduce your risk of medication and dosage error. If you were harmed as a result of pharmacy negligence, call Kennedy Hodges L.L.P. at 888-526-7616 for a free consultation today with a skilled pharmacy error lawyer.