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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.
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.

Too Common of a Problem: Wrong Meds Reach Wrong Pharmacy Patients

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

Many people have heard of horrific hospital accounts in which nurses administer incorrect medications and patients die after being injected with the wrong meds or wrong dosage of drugs. Sadly, patients in hospitals are vulnerable to these types of medication errors, and they occur far too often. However, customers of CVS pharmacies and other pharmacies nationwide are also at risk for receiving the wrong medications. In fact, people receive the wrong meds far too often.

Wrong Meds, Wrong Customer, Too Often

There is case after case of pharmacists giving the wrong prescription to the wrong customer—it is more common now than it should be. With the onset of computers and technology continuing to get better and better, there is no excuse why patients are still being given the wrong medications. Unfortunately, unsuspecting customers continue to receive the wrong meds.

One reason this happens at pharmacies across this nation is that pharmacy employees feel like they should know the names of their frequent customers. When a pharmacy technician or pharmacist gets two patients’ names confused with each other and grabs the other’s medication by mistake, an innocent customer can be sent home with the incorrect medication.

What Can Be Done to Prevent Wrong Prescriptions From Going to the Wrong Customer?

Some experts believe that in order to reduce wrong meds from being given to the wrong patients that pharmacists or pharmacy technicians should require all patients—every time—to confirm their identity. This means that customers would need to provide their full name and address before they can receive their prescription medication. While many pharmacies have put this action into practice, other pharmacies have not for fear of offending their repeat customers or frustrating elderly patients or those in a hurry.

If all pharmacists and pharmacies everywhere would require patients’ full names and addresses when medications are picked up, pharmacy patients would get used to it and would expect that they will have to provide their name and address in order to reduce their chances of receiving another person’s medication.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a prescription mix-up at your local pharmacy, you may have rights to seek compensation for your injuries and damages. To get your questions answered and to find out more about filing a CVS pharmacy claim, call us at 888-526-7616 for a free consultation or request a free copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors. Request your copy today.