According to the prescription label, North Carolina resident Melissa Fink was to give her daughter 7 ½ teaspoons of Amoxicillin twice a day. Fink's daughter Shelby was suffering from an ear infection, something the pink antibiotic should have cleared up in a matter of days.
Instead, Shelby began vomiting and having diarrhea.
When her mother reported this to the pharmacy, they discovered that one of the Rite Aid pharmacists had misread the medical record. Shelby was supposed to receive 7 ½ milliliters twice daily, and the mis-typed label resulted in a much higher dosage.
The mistake prompted a four-year investigation into pharmacy errors across the state. The data revealed some surprising results:
- 226 patients were given the wrong medication
- 80 patients were given the incorrect dosage
- 77 patient were given incorrect directions
- 24 prescriptions were given to the wrong patient
- 12 patients were given an incorrect prescription count
Although an overwhelming amount of victims receive the wrong medication, any one of these mistakes can result in serious injury or death. If you have suffered from a prescription error, contact the board-certified Texas pharmacy error lawyers at Kennedy Hodges today at 888-526-7616.