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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.
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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.
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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.

Could Improving Drug Labels & Packaging Keep Americans Safer at the Pharmacy?

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

Protecting consumers from medication errors is a serious issue in this nation. While most people relate prescription mistakes with pharmacies and doctors, there is another group to add to the equation—drug manufacturers. Unfortunately, the way pharmaceutical companies labeled and packaged drugs was found to be confusing. In fact, the poor design of medication labels caused many errors at the pharmacy level and on the home front.

As a result, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued new guidelines over a year ago requesting drug manufacturers to have better packaging.  In return, many drug manufacturers improved the way their drugs were packaged and labeled. Some of the changes include:

  • Safety information on labels is prioritized
  • Similar designs among different products is being avoided
  • Drug strengths information is now standardized
     

Before these changes occurred, safety information was being obscured on medication labels. According to the Institute of Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), 33 percent of all medication errors were caused from confusing labels and packaging and problematic drug names. Now, efforts have been made by manufacturers to improve drug packaging and labels in order to prevent more drug errors in this nation.

However, not every manufacturer has made changes to comply with the FDA’s new guidelines regarding medication packaging and labels. Unfortunately, there are still drugs on the market will poor labeling and faulty packaging that can cause many problems. In fact, some companies offer different medications in similar packages, which can cause confusion behind the pharmacy counter.

In order to reduce the risk of medication error, pharmacies should find a different drug maker that has a more distinctive container, and drug manufacturers should avoid making drugs with similar packaging. In order to reduce medication errors, more manufacturers need to be willing to be proactive and test and evaluate their drug packages prior to putting them on the market.

Until then, consumers still need to be careful and read their medications carefully, especially the small letters written on labels. In particular, elderly patients need to be especially cautious about the medications they take because they typically take multiple drugs and have a harder time reading fine print. This is why it is critical that all patients take advantage of pharmacy consultations.

By taking a few minutes out of your day to consult with a pharmacist, you may help prevent a medication error from occurring—saving you from injuries and even death. To find out more about preventing medication mistakes, we invite you to browse through our online resources or sign-up to follow us on Twitter or Facebook.