You may have heard of the term overdose, but it may not have meant anything to you until something horrible happened to you or a loved one. While there are many different ways an overdose can occur, this blog will focus on overdosing due to a pharmacist filling the wrong dose of medication.
While many people get their prescriptions filled accurately at pharmacies, every so often pharmacists make mistakes and give people the wrong drug dosages. Sadly, patients can suffer serious injuries or fatalities as a result.
One example of a patient suffering after taking an incorrect dose involves a three-year-old boy. According to a Washington woman, she said her son suffered hallucinations, convulsions and insomnia after taking medication from their neighborhood pharmacy. Unknowingly, she gave her son his medication that was four times greater than what was prescribed by the doctor.
The pharmacy filled the three-year-old’s anti-seizure medication incorrectly, which caused the little boy a trip to the ER. Interestingly, this was not the first time this pharmacy had filled anti-seizure medication incorrectly. According to another family, in 2009 their 11-year-old son received eight doses of Lorazepam that was pre-filled in a syringe instead of receiving 8 syringes of one ml. doses. Sadly, he became dizzy and unresponsive and suffered from hallucinations, spending four days in the hospital. Two years later in 2011, the same boy began vomiting constantly and became violently sick after taking his medication from the same pharmacy. This time, they filled 600 mg instead of the prescribed 300 mg.
Now, both families have filed claims with the state pharmacy board and against Olympic Pharmacy. Although these situations involved one pharmacy, this example is not unique. Sadly, many pharmacies across the nation have filled the wrong dosages of drugs and have caused injuries—even death.
If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of pharmacy negligence, you may have a claim for pharmacy malpractice. You can find out more about your rights in our free report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Error. We welcome you to call us directly if you have any further questions, and to set up a free initial consultation.