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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.

I almost took the wrong dose because of the confusing drug label. Why do pill bottle labels vary so much?

Patients frequently receive prescription medications with directions that are simply unclear. Unfortunately, this confusion leads patients to taking incorrect drug dosages—all because drug labels differ from pharmacy to pharmacy. Because there is still no national standardization of prescription labels, drug directions are written in different ways, creating patient confusion.

However, the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention has recommended new safety standards for prescription labels to help clear up some of the confusion surrounding the way labels read. Because the way labels are written vary from drugstore to drugstore and from state to state, many would like to see a nationwide standard be adopted. However, as of now, the labels are monitored by each state board of pharmacy and not the Food and Drug Administration.

While many pharmacies are making label changes to reduce pharmacy errors, it may be a while before standardized prescription labeling is in effect. However, the good news is that last year, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy passed a resolution supporting the standardized labeling process.

Once a standardized medication label is adopted, some of the confusing things listed below will be cleared up. There are sayings on pill bottles which are stated differently that will hopefully be written in one way in the near future, such as:

  • Take two pills daily could mean to some patients that they should take two pills a day and others may interpret it as two pills twice a day.
  • Instructions could indicate take by mouth, take orally, or take per oral route. Although these phrases mean the same thing, it should be written in the same way to clear up confusion.

When labels are written in a different way every time, it can create patient confusion, which is why label standardization needs to take place.

Please share this information with others, and we will be sure to keep our readers posted about the adoption of standardized prescription labeling in the future.

Galvin B. Kennedy
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Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing personal injury, pharmacy error, and overtime law