Because pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are busy trying to keep up with filling prescriptions, they make this type of mistake behind the pharmacy counter more often than you may realize. This is especially true when patients take several prescriptions and are picking up multiple medications at one time.
Generics Add to the Confusion
For example, you may have a prescription for a name-brand drug. But because most insurance plans call for generics to be used whenever possible, the pharmacy may have filled both by mistake. If you are at the pharmacy to pick up several medications, you may not realize that you have essentially received a double dose of the same medication. This is why you should take care to monitor the medications you take and to keep a list of your current medications.
Keep in mind that many consumers don’t know the name of the generic equivalent of the name-brand drug that their doctors prescribed—they trust their pharmacists to provide them with the correct medication. Pharmacists should be very careful to ensure they don’t fill a double dose of the same drug. When a pharmacist commits this type of pharmacy error, the pharmacist and pharmacy can be held liable.
Have you received the wrong dosage of a drug at your local pharmacy? To find out how to hold the pharmacy accoutnable for the injuries and medical bills you sustained, request a free copy of our book How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.
Online pharmacies can sometimes send customers the wrong medication or the wrong dosage of the right medication. Unfortunately, pharmacy errors from Internet pharmacies occur frequently, and you shouldn’t have to pay the price for their lack of organization and wrongdoing. However, if you haven’t suffered any harm or injuries as a result of their mistake, you don’t have grounds to file a lawsuit.
Unfortunately, more and more pharmacy prescription errors are occurring by online pharmacies that do cause harm. When injuries happen as a pharmacy dosage error, you do have a legal right to sue the pharmacy for your damages. With the help of a pharmacy error attorney, you can learn how to claim the full damages you are entitled to under the law. For example, if the pharmacy mistake caused you an emergency room trip, hospital stay, medical expenses, and other doctor’s bills, you are entitled to hold the pharmacy accountable for the full costs that you incurred. Your damages may also include any related expenses you incurred as a result of taking the wrong dosage of drugs, such as the costs of future medical care, lost income, and more.
What Can I Do Now?
For help holding the online pharmacist and Internet pharmacy accountable for the incorrect dosage error that caused you harm, it is essential that you keep the medication the company sent you as well as your credit card statement for the online purchase.
If you want to learn more about your rights, request a free copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.
When searching for a lawyer to handle your pharmacy error claim and represent you, it is in your best interest to select the most qualified attorney possible. This means that you will want to find a lawyer who handles pharmacy malpractice cases on a daily basis. You don’t want to hire just any attorney because he or she might not be qualified or have knowledge of the laws that apply to pharmacies.
You will benefit from hiring a lawyer who handles pharmacy error cases because your lawyer will know how to analyze your case and your medical records to determine the extent of your injuries. Having an attorney who understands the side effects and harm that a wrong dosage can cause will help you receive the maximum compensation possible.
Not only is it good to hire a lawyer with experience in pharmaceutical malpractice cases, but you should find out if he or she has been successful in those cases. Additionally, it is important to find out if that attorney has gone up against large pharmacies like CVS, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Target, Rite Aid, and others. Many attorneys will say they practice in this area of the law, but if they have never settled a claim against a large pharmacy or gone to court to fight for their clients, then you should continue in your search.
If you can find a lawyer who has experience in pharmacy malpractice lawsuits, has tried cases in court, is board certified, and has successful results in similar cases, you can rest assured knowing that you have the right attorney on your side. At Kennedy Hodges, we have the experience and successful results you are looking for. Call us today for a free consultation at 888-526-7616.
All you need to do is have the pill or capsule in your hand and access the Internet to determine whether the drug you are taking is the correct medication and the right dosage. Because all pills approved by the FDA are required to have an identification code on them, you should be able to search for the pill based on the unique imprint, color, shape, and drug name.
There are several different searchable database sites that you can access to identify the drug dosage. For the sake of this answer, we will provide you with two tools that you can use to help you identify the dosage and medication information, including:
- Drugs.com Pill Identifier
- RxList Pill Identifier
These sites have access to tens of thousands of medications. After you access one of these websites, or use their smartphone app, you can type in the identifying imprint that is stamped on the pill. Generally, the bottom of the pill will have one set of numbers, and the top of the pill will have a different identifier code. One code identifies the dosage of the pill. After typing in the code, you may find out if it is a 20mg pill or a 500mg pill.
While it is very easy to use these pill identifier sites, it is always in your best interest to check with your pharmacist if something doesn’t seem right or if you believe you were given the wrong dosage of drugs. Because pharmacists can make mistakes, we always encourage people to check the pill identifier online before taking any medication.
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If your loved one died as a result of pharmacy negligence, you need to work with a skilled attorney to pursue a claim for your damages, losses, and mental anguish. In fact, what attorney and law firm you hire is very important to your claim. It will help your claim if you can find an attorney who is experienced in pharmacy malpractice claims.
Here are the following things we can offer your case:
- Complimentary consultation – You can call us at 888-526-7616 or we can meet with you to answer your questions and help you understand what rights you are entitled to under the law.
- Accessibility – If you hire our law firm to handle your case, you will have direct access to our attorneys. If we are in court at the time of your phone call, we will call you back as soon as possible.
- Individual attention – By choosing our law firm for your case, we will hold your hand as we walk you through the process. We want to educate you and provide you with all of information and the attention you deserve.
- Experience – If you hire our law firm, you can rest assured that our attorneys are experienced in this field of law and know what it takes to win your case.
- Successful results – By picking our law firm for your claim, we will be happy to show you our past successes and how we have been able to successfully help clients in similar situations.
- Free resources – We have many helpful articles, blogs, and frequently asked questions and answers—as well as books that you can receive for free. We encourage you to download your free copy of How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.
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.
No doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other medical care worker sets out to purposely give patients the wrong dosage of drugs; however, dosage errors still occur far too often. Sadly, hundreds of thousands of people are injured every year as a result of receiving the wrong drug dosage.
Although we trust doctors, hospital workers, and pharmacists to give us the correct medication, they are all human. As a result, they make human errors—even though they are trained professionals. Many medication mistakes happen when people rush, are distracted, or misread a prescription or label.
Unfortunately, hospital patients are vulnerable to medication mistakes, as they often lay in bed while nurses administer medications into intravenous (IV) drug-delivery systems. While most medications in hospitals are administered correctly, there are many IV errors that occur involving the wrong dosage. When the incorrect drug dosage is placed into an IV bag, a patient is unaware. Additionally, there are no systems in place nationwide to alert hospital workers and patients that the wrong dosage has been filled into the IV bag.
Sometimes, medication mistakes, like wrong dosages, are not discovered until it is too late—after people have suffer serious injuries or death. As a result, there are companies working on developing systems that would detect if the wrong drugs or wrong dosage of drugs are placed into IV bags. Hopefully, this new technology will increase patient safety and decrease medication errors involving wrong dosages. Until then, people will sadly still suffer from wrong dosages in hospitals.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a wrong drug dosage at a hospital, please contact a qualified medication error lawyer at Kennedy Hodges today for a free initial consultation at 888-526-7616 to find out your rights.
Sadly, millions of medication mistakes take place annually that result in innocent people being harmed or killed. While some of these drug errors could not have been caught by patients, others can be discovered by consumers and avoided.
While reports indicate that with the use of electronic prescriptions (e-prescribing) and pharmacies using bar-code technology, pharmacy errors have been reduced; however, studies also have revealed that medication mistakes can occur with the use of these systems, too. For example, a doctor can click on the wrong dosage of medication in the drop down menu when e-prescribing, or a bar-code scanning error could occur due to the limitations of bar codes.
In order to make sure you are safe when picking up your medication at the pharmacy, you can take the following steps to reduce your chances of being a victim of a pharmacy error:
- Ask questions. It is important to start asking questions in your doctor’s office. Things to ask include: What is the name of the medication? What dosage is being prescribed? Are there side-effects of the drug? How many times a day should the medication be taken?
- Document. It is critical that you write down the answers the doctor gives you when you ask the aforementioned questions. Details can easily be forgotten – for example: is the medication is intended to be taken twice a day or twice a week?
- Be prepared. When you arrive at the pharmacy to pick up your prescription, take your notes with you to make sure you received the right dosage of the correct drug.
- Be vocal. If something doesn’t match up (e.g. the name of the drug, the dose, or the instructions), you should ask for a consultation with the pharmacist in order to prevent an error and harm from occurring to you.
If you suffered from a medication mix-up due to a pharmacist’s negligence, please call Kennedy Hodges to speak with an experienced Texas pharmacy error attorney at 888-526-7616 in a free consultation today.
Yes. When you suffer injuries as a result of pharmacy error, you are entitled to more compensation than just your hospital bills. Not only should your emergency room visit be covered, but you should also be compensated for your doctor’s appointments, tests, surgery, rehabilitation, and medication and prescription costs. Basically, any bill related to your medical care as a result of receiving the incorrect dosage of medication should be covered.
Depending on the seriousness of your injuries and whether or not you could or couldn’t work as a result of your injuries, you may also be compensated for your lost wages, disfigurement, loss of the enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and other losses.
Because you trusted your pharmacist to dispense the correct dosage of medication, you shouldn’t feel badly holding that pharmacist responsible for the damages you have incurred. Doctors and pharmacists can be held liable for negligently prescribing or filling the wrong dosage of medication and unsafe amounts of medication.
To learn more about your legal rights to compensation, you should speak with an experienced pharmacy malpractice lawyer. In order to determine your case worth a lawyer would need to speak with you about the details of your case to understand your injuries and prognosis.
For a complimentary, no-obligation consultation, call a knowledgeable pharmacy dosage error lawyer at Kennedy Hodges today at 888-526-7616. You can also fill out an online website form to receive a FREE copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.
More pharmacies are hiring pharmacy technicians to replace educated pharmacists. This often leaves one pharmacist to supervise everything and, because of this, more medication errors are bound to happen. This includes pharmacists not catching a pharmacy technician’s mistake that involves an overdose or underdose of medication.
For example, a pharmacy technician may have filled the right medication but the wrong dose of medication. If a prescription the doctor wrote was for 500 milligrams, but a technician filled 50 milligrams and a pharmacist didn’t catch it, a patient can suffer.
Pharmacists are responsible for filling prescriptions correctly and catching mistakes made by technicians. They are responsible for dispensing the correct drug and the correct dosage to patients who rely on them. While most people are aware that receiving too much of a medication can result in harm from overdosing, receiving an underdosage of the correct medication can also cause harm.
Anytime pharmacy patients do not receive the medication that was ordered by the doctor, they should be entitled to make a pharmacy claim for negligence. All patients deserve to be compensated for any instance in which they suffered harm, mental anguish, medical expenses, or physical pain and suffering as a result of a pharmacy error, including underdose or overdose errors.
To find out about your rights, or for help with your claim against your local pharmacy, please call our experienced pharmacy dosage error lawyers at Kennedy Hodges, L.L.P. for a complimentary, no-obligation consultation today at 888-526-7616.