Consumers often find themselves victims of prescription mistakes. Our pharmacy error attorneys recently reported on two women in Rhode Island who received the wrong medications from their local pharmacies. While both of these cases didn’t result in serious injuries or fatalities for the patients involved, some innocent victims aren’t so lucky.
In order to make sure you and your family avoid prescription errors, make sure you follow these steps:
- Talk to your doctor – before leaving the doctor’s office, ask the doctor to spell out the name of the drug and understand the dosage that was prescribed. Ask about dosing instructions and if the medication should be taken on a full or empty stomach. Get as much information about the drug from your doctor instead of relying on the local pharmacy.
- Talk to your pharmacist – when picking up your medication, ask for a pharmacist consultation to make sure you go over the medication with the pharmacist. Sometimes during these consultations prescription errors are caught.
- Look at the medication – check the label on the pill bottle to confirm that the medication has the same name and dose that your doctor informed you about. If not, ask the pharmacist to double check the prescription. Don’t take any medication if you have doubts about the accuracy of the prescription.
- Read the label - always reread the medicine label before taking the drug to make sure you are taking the prescription correctly. Don’t just rely on what you think the doctor or pharmacist told you. Reconfirm the information by reading the label again.
Don’t feel embarrassed to ask your doctor and pharmacist questions about your medication. After all, it is your body and your health, and it is always better to be safe than sorry. If you did suffer injuries due to a pharmacist’s mistake, call the pharmacy error lawyers at Kennedy Hodges, L.L.P. at 888-526-7616 for a free consultation today.