You may not realize it, but every time you go to the doctor, get a prescription, and pick up your pills from the pharmacy, you could be in danger. Pharmacy errors occur far too frequently these days due to simple mix-ups such as poorly written prescriptions and sound-alike medication confusion.
For example, the medication your doctor prescribed to treat your condition may have a similar-sounding drug that can cause confusion for the doctor and pharmacist involved. Unfortunately, you might not be aware that there is a sound-alike drug on the market that could cause this confusion.
Because receiving the wrong medication can cause serious consequences, it is important for you to be aware of the drug your doctor prescribed and the other similar-sounding medications to help reduce the possibility of receiving the wrong medicine. In order to stay safe when picking up a prescription, here are some steps you should take:
- Ask your doctor what medicine he or she prescribed to you – Get the generic name and brand name.
- If you cannot read the handwritten prescription, the pharmacist may not be able to either. Ask for a legible prescription or tell the pharmacist what the prescription says after you have confirmed it with the doctor.
- Look up the medication to confirm that it will treat your condition and do what the doctor said it would do.
- Check the “Confused Drug Names” list to make sure you don’t accidentally get a similar-sounding drug. You can see the list of sound-alike medicines by visiting the Institute for Safe Medications Practices page.
If confusion in the pharmacy has taken place and you or a loved one has suffered as a result of their negligence, please be sure to download our free report How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Error, or call us to schedule your free consultation today.