Sometimes pharmacists make mistakes and don’t provide patients with correct medications, and sometimes doctors don’t select the correct buttons in the computer when electronically sending a prescription to a pharmacy. For both of the reasons listed here, it is critical that patients know what drug they are supposed to receive and check their pill bottles before leaving the pharmacy.
Our lives are busy, and people can be in hurry. However, taking a couple of extra seconds could mean not suffering a serious injury or dying from receiving the wrong prescription.
Once in awhile, doctors electronically send the wrong prescription to a pharmacy, or pharmacists fill the wrong medication. Additionally, pharmacy techs sometimes grab the wrong medication due to patients having similar names. Unfortunately, even a pharmacy mix-up can lead to a patient receiving the wrong medicine.
Because wrong medication gets into the hands of unsuspecting patients time and time again, it is essential that all patients take the time to look at their medicine bottles, labels, instructions, and the pills (if medicine is in pill form). Not only is it important to check medications for accuracy at the pharmacy, but also consumers should read the labels on their bottles prior to taking any medication.
Many people take two or more drugs, which is why reading labels is very important so that the wrong medication is not taken by mistake. Pill bottles, and sometimes pills, can look similar, which is why people should never make assumptions or take shortcuts when it comes to taking medication.
If you were a victim of wrong medication and pharmacy negligence, you have rights. Call the experienced pharmacy malpractice attorneys at Kennedy Hodges (888-526-7616) to schedule a free consultation to learn more.