In late July, Christina Torres noticed that her son, Adrien, was acting out of character. Later that day, she discovered him unconscious. His local physician prescribed him methylphenidate, which is a generic form of Ritalin. After his third dose that day he became unconscious. Once they rushed him to the emergency room, their ER doctor discovered that he had been ingesting the wrong medicine, methadone, which is a synthetic form of heroin used for recovering heroin addicts. This medication is not suitable for children causing Adrien to overdose and almost die. Their local pharmacy, Felicity Pharmacy in the Bronx, New York admitted “it was an incredibly horrible mistake;” indeed, it was a terrible mistake and a pharmacy error that almost cost Adrian his life. The Torres Family is now suing the pharmacy for medical malpractice. These types of pharmacy errors and pharmacy error lawsuits are more prevalent than you would imagine. Below are steps to prevent pharmacy errors.
Steps You Can Take to Prevent Injuries from Pharmacy Errors
The first steps you can take are preventative:
- Read the label! Is that your name? Is that the medication your doctor actually described?
- Read the label again for the dosage. Is it the same dose your doctor advised?
- Look at the pills! Especially when you refill a medication, make sure the pills are the same as those you took before.
- Carefully go over dosage instructions with your pharmacist.
Research has found that 90% of all prescription errors are preventable. It is especially important to safeguard children from prescription errors. Due their smaller size an adult dosage given to a child can result in serious injury or death. Further, it is vital to ensure a parent administering the drug fully understands how to do so. If you are the victim of pharmacy errors, do not hesitate to contact our lawyers to begin your free case evaluation at (888) 526-7616.