Unfortunately, no. While pharmacies may use spoon measurements or metric dosages on your prescription label, both have risks when it comes to medication error. Metric measurements mistakes often happen at the pharmacy as a result of a missed decimal point. Spoon measurements, however, are likely to cause wrong dosage mistakes in Houston when it comes time to pour out the medication:
- Many people will use whatever silverware they have on hand, assuming all “teaspoons” are the same size
- Many patients cannot “eyeball” a teaspoon amount—but they mistakenly think they can
- The abbreviations for teaspoon and tablespoon (TSP and TBSP) can easily be confused
The safest way to measure a liquid medication? Use a dosage cup that is clearly marked with both spoon and milliliter measurements, and always call your doctor with questions if a dosage seems inappropriate.
As experienced Texas pharmacy error lawyers, we realize that leaving dosage instructions up to a pharmacy’s judgment can lead to mistakes. If you have been injured due to a prescription dosage error, you may be able to collect compensation. To find out more, order our free book, "How to Make Pharmacies Pay for your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors," or call Kennedy Hodges at 888-526-7616 for a free consultation.