Doctors should know that almost every dosage is mg/kg, and using a child’s weight in pounds instead of in kilograms is one of the most common ways to mess up children’s prescriptions. They are trained to memorize general kids’ weight numbers in kilograms, including:
- Approximately 3 kg for a newborn
- About 10 kg for a one year old
- Between 15 and 20 kg for a four year old
- About 30 kg for a nine year old
- Approximately 50 kg for a 14 year old
When doctors keep these guidelines in mind, they generally convert the pounds into kilograms before they write a prescription dosage. However, sometimes they make mistakes. When that prescription is reviewed by a pharmacy technician, that tech is then relied upon to calculate proper dosages for each patient. The prescription error could have occurred on the doctor’s end or because the pharmacy technician didn’t calculate the prescription correctly.
Ultimately, the pharmacist that was on duty when you picked up your child’s medication is likely responsible for the wrong dosage that occurred. Pharmacists have final call and should look over every prescription that leaves the pharmacy while they are working. If they fail to do so, they can be held liable for your kid’s medication injuries.
In this situation, it is wise to talk with a skilled kid’s pharmacy error lawyer because there may be multiple parties responsible for your child’s injuries. Call Kennedy Hodges at 888-526-7616 for a complimentary consultation today and also receive a FREE copy of our report How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.