Transcription mistakes are often the most deadly of prescription errors. Typing errors can cause overdoses and accidentally give a patient the wrong medication, sometimes because of a simple keystroke.
A few ways mistakes can happen as the technician types information into the computer:
- The tech transcribes numbers incorrectly, leading to a wrong dosage
- The tech mistakenly adds, omits or moves a decimal point in the dosage
- The tech misreads the drug name, mistakenly filling a sound-alike drug
- The tech makes an error in typing the patient’s medical history
- The tech switches a brand name to a generic, but confuses the name of the generic with another drug
Many pharmacies have addressed these errors by installing computer software that will have “pop up” warnings alerting the tech to a potential mistake. These will often require the tech to sign off on the error to continue, making it easy to discover who was responsible for your medication error.The experienced Texas pharmacy error lawyers at Kennedy Hodges want victims and their families to receive full compensation for their prescription drug injuries. To get our FREE injury guide, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors, click the link at the top of the page, or call us toll-free at 888-526-7616 to get a free consultation.