There are many reasons why children are unintentionally poisoned or suffer from drug overdosing. Those responsible for these drug errors are typically:
- Drug manufacturers
- Children, themselves
Some of the reasons children suffer from accidental prescription poisonings include:
- Children receive the wrong medication at the pharmacy
- Children receive the correct medication, but are prescribed an adult dose
- Parents don’t check the label for their child’s information
- Parents don’t confirm that the prescription is the same as the doctor ordered
- Parents don’t consult with the pharmacists or ask necessary questions
- Adults leave their prescriptions out in the open
- Children find their parent’s medication in accessible areas of the house
- Parents don’t talk to children about the dangers of medications
- Grandparents don’t realize the risks involved by leave their medications in a child’s reach
Very young children tend to be most vulnerable for accidental poisonings because they are prone to stick just about anything into their mouths. If a child finds a pill that was dropped on the floor or is able to reach on top of counters, it is likely that the child may suffer as a result. In order to prevent drug errors in children, parents and grandparents need to keep medications in a safe place and be more cautious in storing their medications. Additionally, drug manufacturers should consider creating better drug packaging, and pharmacists should perform more patient consultations.
If your child suffered harm due to someone else’s negligence, please call Kennedy Hodges to speak with a pharmacy error attorney at 888-526-7616 in a free consultation today, and also request a FREE copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.