It is a sad reality, but the truth is that approximately 51 million pharmacy mistakes occur every year in this nation. Sometimes people are seriously injured, while others catch the mistakes made by pharmacists before anything negative happens. It sounds like you possibly caught the dosage mistake before taking the pill. If this is correct, you don’t have a claim for damages; however, you should still take the following steps:
- Make notes regarding the date, time, and specific pharmacy the error took place at.
- Take down the name of the pharmacist who made the mistake.
- Report the pharmacy error to the CVS pharmacy manager.
- Report the medication mistake to the State Board of Pharmacy in writing.
If you took the medication and you aren’t sure if you have been harmed, you should take the above steps as well as these steps:
- Seek medical care as soon as possible.
- Keep the pill bottle for proof.
- Speak with a pharmaceutical malpractice attorney.
While you might not have a claim for your medical bills and damages if you weren’t physically harmed—it is still important to notify the State Board of Pharmacy of the dispensing error. If you live in Texas, the Texas State Board of Pharmacy can be reached at 800-821-3205 (option 5); however, your complaint needs to be made in writing. You can download a complaint form online or request one by calling the number listed above. If you live in another state, you can look up your Board of Pharmacy contact information and send them a written complaint about the incident.
To learn more about reporting an error to the Board of Pharmacy, we encourage you to browse our website to read other articles and frequently asked questions and answers, or to contact us directly.