In our recent article “4 Ways to Protect Children from CVS Pharmacy Errors,” we explained the four things parents need to know in order to help protect their children from being a victim of a pharmacy mistake at a CVS pharmacy. Now our pharmaceutical malpractice attorneys want to share with you two things you shouldn’t do that could increase your child’s chances of receiving the wrong medication or the wrong dosage of drugs at the pharmacy.
Don’t Trust That Everything Between the Doctor’s Office and the Pharmacy Was Communicated Correctly
Sometimes computer errors can occur or the wrong medication from a drop down list could have been selected. Because mistakes can happen, it is always a good idea to check the prescription label and make sure it reads the correct medication name and the name of your child. The reason this is important is because a tech could have mixed up your child’s name with another customer who has a similar name, or with another drug that is a sound-alike or look-alike medication. By reading the label closely, you may be able to spare your child from taking the wrong medicine.
Don’t Use the Pharmacy Drive-Thru to Pick up Your Child’s Prescription
Too many parents are in a hurry, which is why they drive up to the pharmacy window and want to quickly pull away from CVS with their child’s prescription in hand. When they do this, they miss the chance of consulting with the pharmacist and double checking that the medication is the same medicine the doctor prescribed. Make sure you go into the pharmacy, consult with the pharmacist, read the label, and inspect the medication carefully.
Children are often victims of pharmacy mistakes because they are smaller and are more susceptible to being affected from the wrong medications and dosages. To help other kids from becoming a victim of pharmacy mistakes, we encourage you to share this blog with those you know on Facebook, so other parents will know what not to do at the pharmacy.