Sadly, millions of medication mistakes take place annually that result in innocent people being harmed or killed. While some of these drug errors could not have been caught by patients, others can be discovered by consumers and avoided.
While reports indicate that with the use of electronic prescriptions (e-prescribing) and pharmacies using bar-code technology, pharmacy errors have been reduced; however, studies also have revealed that medication mistakes can occur with the use of these systems, too. For example, a doctor can click on the wrong dosage of medication in the drop down menu when e-prescribing, or a bar-code scanning error could occur due to the limitations of bar codes.
In order to make sure you are safe when picking up your medication at the pharmacy, you can take the following steps to reduce your chances of being a victim of a pharmacy error:
- Ask questions. It is important to start asking questions in your doctor’s office. Things to ask include: What is the name of the medication? What dosage is being prescribed? Are there side-effects of the drug? How many times a day should the medication be taken?
- Document. It is critical that you write down the answers the doctor gives you when you ask the aforementioned questions. Details can easily be forgotten – for example: is the medication is intended to be taken twice a day or twice a week?
- Be prepared. When you arrive at the pharmacy to pick up your prescription, take your notes with you to make sure you received the right dosage of the correct drug.
- Be vocal. If something doesn’t match up (e.g. the name of the drug, the dose, or the instructions), you should ask for a consultation with the pharmacist in order to prevent an error and harm from occurring to you.
If you suffered from a medication mix-up due to a pharmacist’s negligence, please call Kennedy Hodges to speak with an experienced Texas pharmacy error attorney at 888-526-7616 in a free consultation today.