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Types of Errors

Dangerous and Defective Drugs If you put your trust in a pharmaceutical company and were hurt by their product, you deserve compensation for your suffering.
Wrong Medication Did you receive the wrong medication or incorrect prescription from a pharmacy? If you have suffered because of a medication error please call us for a free case review.
Wrong Dosage Common forms of medication error: incorrect dosage error. Order our free book to learn how to protect yourself and your family from wrong dosage errors.
Other Errors Order our free book, "How to Make Pharmacies Pay for your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors, to learn your rights in prescription error cases.
Kids Rx Errors Order a free copy of The Top 10 Tips to Protect Your Children Against Pharmacy Errors. If you have suffered a prescription error contact our firm today.
Pharmacy Malpractice If you have suffered an injury because a pharmacy dispensed the wrong medication or made an error with your prescription, you are able to file a claim for negligence or malpractice and receive the compensation you deserve.
Walgreens Pharmacy Error Claims There have been numerous claims brought against Walgreens for pharmacy errors or prescription errors. Order our free book to learn how to take action.
CVS Pharmacy Error Claims If you've been injured because of a CVS Pharmacy prescription error, call us for help with your lawsuit at 888-526-7616.
State Pharmacy Boards If you have been severely injured because of a medication error, contact board-certified attorneys immediately to investigate your case free of charge.
Drug & Pharmacy Error Prevention Filing a pharmacy error lawsuit is the only way to make pharmacies take accountability for mistakes. Call our board certified attorneys for a free case review.
State Pharmacy Laws State laws on pharmacy malpractice. Learn the pharmacy error Statute of Limitation laws that apply to your state. Call 877-342-2020 for a free consultation.

Does using generic drug names reduce the chances of getting the wrong medication from the pharmacy?

Not necessarily. While ordering the generic version of your medication can save you money, there is still a chance of drug name confusion--a major cause of prescription drug mistakes.

The generic names of approved medications are selected by the United States Adopted Names (USAN) Council. These names are usually derived from common prefixes and suffixes in order to help pharmacists, doctors and other health care professionals recognize what the drug is used for. Names that include an established group of letters to represent a specific drug class can help ensure consistency and cut down on confusion. 

Here are just a few common roots the USAN uses to assign drug names:

  • -mab is assigned to monoclonal antibodies, such as infliximab
  • dopa- indicates a dopamine receptor antagonist, often found in depression or mental health drugs
  • -coxib designates a COX-2 inhibitor, commonly used in arthritis medications such as celecoxib

Not only do these roots make the drug names easier to remember, they often use chemical terms to give clues about the drug’s use. However, by using the same letters as another drug in the same class, the scientific naming of generic drugs may contribute to medication errors as often as they prevent them. 

If you have been injured by a medication mistake, our prescription drug error lawyers can get you the compensation you deserve. Call Kennedy Hodges at 888-526-7616 for a free consultation, or order your FREE copy of our book, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.
David W. Hodges
Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing pharmacy error, medical malpractice and personal injury law