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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.

Five Important Steps for Getting the Right Medication

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

People regularly pick up the wrong medication in Texas pharmacies and pharmacies across the nation. While the cause of these pharmacy errors is often negligence or carelessness on the part of pharmacists or doctors, it is in consumers’ best interests to find out how to avoid taking the wrong medications.

How to Protect Yourself

Following are some important steps for making sure that you end up with the right prescription drug:

  1. Gather information. This means that you should know why you have been prescribed a certain medication, the name of that prescription, how to take the drug, and the side effects of the medication.
  2. Read the label. Some prescription errors occur when a pharmacist mixes up pill bottles—giving you medication intended for someone else. Always read the label to make sure your name is on the label and the right drug name and dosage is printed on the label.
  3. Don’t be shy. When it comes to your health and well-being, it is never a good time to be shy. Instead, you need to speak up, ask questions, and be vocal if you are confused about something. This is why taking a pharmacist up on a consultation before you leave the pharmacy is a good idea. In fact, this is the best way to catch a pharmacist’s mistake, if one did occur.
  4. Never accept a prescription that doesn’t seem right. For example, if the pill color or shape looks different than your previous prescription, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor or pharmacist about the medication and whether or not your prescription changed. Or if the label on the prescription bottle doesn’t match the name of the prescription your doctor prescribed, do not trust that the pharmacist got your new drug right. Always ask, ask, ask!
  5. Be your own advocate. Communicate with the pharmacist about the other drugs, vitamins or supplements you are currently taking. If you don’t speak up, the pharmacist may not know that you are taking something that could conflict with the new prescription he or she just filled.

Because taking the wrong medication can cause you to suffer needless injuries or even life-altering consequences, it is important that you follow these steps every time you pick up medication for yourself or anyone in your family. And to help keep others you know safe from a pharmacy error, please share these tips with them on Facebook.