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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.
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.
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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.

How Does a Child’s Weight Affect Medication Dosing Errors?

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

Over the past several years, childhood obesity has increased.  In fact, over 42-million children younger than five-years-old are overweight worldwide, according to 2010 information from the World Health Organization. Because of the significant weight differences, drug dosages for children of different weights should be looked at closely by doctors and pharmacists.

In general, the correct drug dose for children is based on the following:

  • Weight
  • Body surface
  • Age
  • Size

When selecting the appropriate dose for a child, it is critical that doctors and pharmacists know whether the child is of normal-weight or obese. It is recommended that a child’s body mass index be calculated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in order to determine whether a child is overweight or obese. By establishing this fact, the appropriate medication dose can be factored to reduce pharmacy errors.

When a child medication error occurs, it is typically thought that an adult dose or the wrong dosage of drug was given to a child. However, because many children are overweight, overdosing may not be the problem in every case, as underdosing errors occur most frequently in obese children. Sadly, children who are overweight may be at risk for adverse drug effects or therapeutic failure due to their larger than normal size.

Medication Dosing for Overweight Children

It is important to note that just because a child may be obese, it does not automatically qualify him or her to take an adult dosage of mediation. Doctors and pharmacists should always be consulted to calculate safe and effective doses so that a child does not overdose or underdose. While this topic may be uncomfortable, it is important that all parents are informed about dose calculations depending on the different sizes and weights of children for their safety.

According to Medscape Pharmacists, more research needs to be conducted before determining the effect of child obesity on medication dosing and safety.

If you have a child’s pharmacy error case relating to dosing errors or any type of medication error, contact Kennedy Hodges to speak with an experienced pharmacy error attorney. Call 888-526-7616 to schedule a free consultation, and also to request a free copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.