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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.

5 Ways You Can Prevent Pharmacy Errors.

David W. Hodges
Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing pharmacy error, medical malpractice and personal injury law
Learn the worst time to fill your prescription and 5 Ways You Can Prevent Pharmacy Errors.

Pharmacy errors can cause injury, severe side effects and even death and loss of pregnancy. Distracted pharmacists, bad handwriting, understaffed pharmacies, and drug interactions have caused serious problems in people who were given the wrong prescription.

How do we make sure we aren't the victim of a medication error? The following are five tips to help you keep your medications as safe as possible by being sure you got the right meds from the pharmacy.

1. Neatness Counts -can you read these scripts? Can your pharmacist?
Prescription errors and bad handwriting
Doctors are notorious for the worst penmanship in modern society. Make sure you know what medication and what dosage of the medication you are supposed to use before you leave the doctor's office. Write it down, along with the proper spelling. One letter written or transposed with another letter, or misunderstood by a rushed pharmacist can spell disaster. When you get your prescription from the pharmacy, double-check your written instructions against the label before you leave the store.

2. Understand Side Effects
Every medication, from simple aspirin to strong chemotherapy drugs, has side effects. Different drugs and different medications interact differently. Make sure you keep your medication list up to date at every doctor's visit, as well as at the pharmacy. Ask the pharmacist before you leave with your medication to check for drug interactions between it and everything else on your list, as well as any vitamins and herbs you take. Some herbs will negate the action of pharmaceutical drugs and other herbs. 

3. Medicine isn't A Cheeseburger.
Avoid the drive-through window at the pharmacy. How many times have you gotten home with a drive-through meal that was not what you ordered because the kid in the window was ridiculously busy with filling orders, answering the phone and dealing with co-workers? The difference at the pharmacy is that you can be made very ill or worse by pharmacy mistakes made at the drive through.

4. Is This Medicine Mine?
Many people have been given extra prescriptions that did not belong to them because the pharmacy was understaffed and someone became careless. This leads to terrible medication errors with deadly consequences. Look at everything you have in your bag before you leave. If something seems wrong or you have questions, get answers from the pharmacist. Make sure you don't get the wrong medication.

5. Timing is Everything
We all have certain days of the week or month when we get our regular prescriptions that we need to live. The first week of the month, Fridays and Mondays are the times when people are most likely to receive incorrect medications. These are the times when the most people visit a pharmacy, when extended wait times, understaffing and carelessness are most likely to cause pharmacy errors that lead to medication mishaps.

If you have been the victim of a pharmacy mistake order our free book, "How to Make Pharmacies Pay for your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors," to learn more about what you can do to fight back. Order your free book by calling 877-342-2020 or by filling out our confidential online form.