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Types of Errors

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.

Why do dispensing problems occur when filling children’s prescriptions?

Unfortunately, there are breakdowns during the dispensing process involving adult and child prescriptions. The reasons vary, but pediatric medication mistakes could be caused by one of the following:

  • Leaving prescription information on voicemail. When doctor’s offices phone in prescriptions, they sometimes leave the order on a pharmacy’s voicemail. When the doctor’s office doesn’t spell out the drug name, sound out the dose, provide the indication, and use both generic and brand names on the voicemail, pharmacy errors can occur. This is because the person listening to the voicemail can interpret the prescription name differently due to an accent, mumbling, or background noise. Instead, pharmacies should ask for the necessary information on their outgoing voicemail greeting to reduce the risk.
  • Failure to scan the original prescription. When pharmacies do not scan in the original prescription image, dispensing errors during refills can occur due to mistakes as data entry is completed. To avoid this, having the original prescription image displayed for verification can reduce dispensing errors during the refill process.
  • Multitasking. When pharmacists work on filling more than one prescription at a time, the wrong medication can get dispensed, and dosage mistakes can occur. In order to reduce this, pharmacists and pharmacy techs should only fill one prescription at a time.
  • Pulling the wrong stock medication off of the shelf. When pharmacy techs and pharmacists fill medication, sometimes they grab the wrong medication because it sounds-alike or looks-alike.
  • Failing to provide patient counseling. Because pharmacists are so busy, they do not volunteer patient counseling; however, many mistakes are often caught during this stage of the process.

Because child medication mistakes can occur at the pharmacy level, parents need to pull the medication out of the bag, check the label for the right drug name and information. If your child has been injured due to a pharmacy error, please call Kennedy Hodges to speak with an experienced pharmacy malpractice lawyer at 888-526-7616 for a free consultation today.

David W. Hodges
Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing pharmacy error, medical malpractice and personal injury law