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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.

Doing Three Things Can Reduce Your Chances of Getting the Wrong Drug

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

Patients who take the wrong medicines for various reasons are at risk of suffering serious injuries or even fatal injuries. Because taking the wrong medication is so serious and is easy to do, our lawyers spend a lot of time informing consumers about how to avoid taking the wrong medication. Even if you don’t think you will take the wrong medication intentionally, getting incorrect drugs can occur as a result of a doctor’s inattention, nurse’s carelessness, or pharmacist’s negligence.

Although it might be more difficult for you to prevent receiving the wrong medication in a hospital in Texas, you can help avoid being a victim of a wrong prescription at your local Houston pharmacy. You can do this in the following three ways:

  1. Know Your Medications. This entails having a list of all your current medicines and knowing the name and dosage information of the new drug you were just prescribed. It is best to know as much as you can about each of the different drugs you take—including when to take each pill, why you are taking them, and what the possible side effects are.  
  2. Communicate. Many times patients are afraid to ask their doctors or pharmacists about the medications they are taking, why they are taking them, and what the side effects are. Remember, it is your body and you have a right to stay informed about the medications you are taking. Even if you are considering taking an over-the-counter medication while taking another prescription, don’t be afraid to talk with your pharmacist or doctor about it first. In fact, your pharmacist should know every drug, over-the-counter medication, aspirin, vitamin, and other supplement you are taking in order to help protect you from harm.
  3. Ask Questions. By asking questions, you can help protect yourself from taking the wrong medications or from adverse effects of certain medications. Some of the questions you should ask include:
  • What is the name of the medicine?
  • Why am I taking the medication?
  • When should I take it and how much should I take?
  • What does the medicine look like?
  • What are the side effects of the drug?
  • Are there foods, drinks, or other medications I should avoid while taking the medicine?

By staying informed, being proactive, and asking questions, you have a greater chance of staying healthy and avoiding the wrong medications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please share these tips on Facebook with others to help your friends and family prevent taking incorrect prescriptions.