While we understand that this is a shocking discovery for you to make, it is great that you caught the pharmacy error and can seek help. While you are probably panicking that you gave your daughter an incorrect dose of medication, take a deep breath and read the following recommendations.
First, you may want to call your local Poison Control Center and tell them the name of the medication that your daughter has been taking, the dosage, how long she has been taking the wrong dosage, and your daughter’s age and weight. Poison Control will inform you if your child is in danger, if you should make your daughter vomit, or if you should take your child to the ER.
When in doubt, always seek a medical evaluation. While it may take time to sit in the emergency room and money to undergo tests, it is critical to do so, so that you will learn if your daughter will suffer from dangerous side effects of a toxic dose—an overdose. Depending on what the doctor indicates, you might want to file a lawsuit against the pharmacy if your daughter has suffered harmful side effects as a result of an incorrect dosage.
Even if your daughter hasn’t suffered life-threatening injuries, you may still want to file a claim against the negligent pharmacy for your medical bills and emotional trauma the incident caused. Make sure you report your concern to the pharmacy manager; however, do not sign any forms or give them back the wrong medication. Keep it for proof in case you want to pursue a claim.
Because most lawyers give free consultations, it is wise to call a pharmacy error lawyer to find out more about your rights and what you should do. For more information, please order a free copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.