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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.

The pediatrician my daughter sees always hands me written prescriptions that I can hardly read. Shouldn’t he be using electronic prescriptions?

 

While there is no law in place as of yet requiring doctors to use electronic prescriptions, most in the medical field have changed from handwritten prescriptions to electronic prescriptions. This is because electronic prescriptions are thought to help reduce medication errors over handwritten prescriptions.

Although handwritten prescriptions can be messy and ineligible—leaving you and the pharmacist to make guesses as to what the pediatrician prescribed—electronic prescriptions aren’t completely safe either. While there are fewer errors that can occur with electronic prescriptions, mistakes have been made. For example, a doctor could accidentally select the wrong medication name from the drop down menu or the wrong dosage due to a slip of the mouse.

While you can ask your pediatrician to start using electronic prescriptions, his office might not be set up with the correct technology. However, if the office has the computer software required and the capability to send electronic prescriptions to your local pharmacy and the doctor starts using this method of communicating with the pharmacy, it is still in your best interest to ask the pediatrician about the medication he prescribed for your daughter. By getting the brand name, generic name, and dosage information from the doctor, you will be able to determine if the medication is correct or incorrect when you pick it up from the pharmacy.

If a doctor’s messy handwriting or a pharmacy error adversely affected your daughter, you should get your hands on a 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