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Dangerous and Defective Drugs If you put your trust in a pharmaceutical company and were hurt by their product, you deserve compensation for your suffering.
Wrong Medication Did you receive the wrong medication or incorrect prescription from a pharmacy? If you have suffered because of a medication error please call us for a free case review.
Wrong Dosage Common forms of medication error: incorrect dosage error. Order our free book to learn how to protect yourself and your family from wrong dosage errors.
Other Errors Order our free book, "How to Make Pharmacies Pay for your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors, to learn your rights in prescription error cases.
Kids Rx Errors Order a free copy of The Top 10 Tips to Protect Your Children Against Pharmacy Errors. If you have suffered a prescription error contact our firm today.
Pharmacy Malpractice If you have suffered an injury because a pharmacy dispensed the wrong medication or made an error with your prescription, you are able to file a claim for negligence or malpractice and receive the compensation you deserve.
Walgreens Pharmacy Error Claims There have been numerous claims brought against Walgreens for pharmacy errors or prescription errors. Order our free book to learn how to take action.
CVS Pharmacy Error Claims If you've been injured because of a CVS Pharmacy prescription error, call us for help with your lawsuit at 888-526-7616.
State Pharmacy Boards If you have been severely injured because of a medication error, contact board-certified attorneys immediately to investigate your case free of charge.
Drug & Pharmacy Error Prevention Filing a pharmacy error lawsuit is the only way to make pharmacies take accountability for mistakes. Call our board certified attorneys for a free case review.
State Pharmacy Laws State laws on pharmacy malpractice. Learn the pharmacy error Statute of Limitation laws that apply to your state. Call 877-342-2020 for a free consultation.

How to Stop Drug Confusion and Pharmacy Malpractice in the New Year

Galvin B. Kennedy
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Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing personal injury, pharmacy error, and overtime law
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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.

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