And then there's the one that leads you here: How did this happen?
Get the facts about Texas prescription error cases in our FREE book! How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.Unfortunately, pharmacy errors are fairly common in the U.S. While many of these are caught before they do serious harm to the patient, there have been cases that result in overdose, liver toxicity, birth injuries, or even early death.
According to the American Hospital Association, these are the most common types of medication errors:
- Patient information. Many pharmacies have incomplete or incorrect information on their patients, such as not knowing about a patient's drug allergies, other medications that could cause interactions, and recent lab or test results.
- Drug information. A pharmacy may have out-of-date drug information, missing important safety warnings, recalls, or possible interactions.
- Miscommunication. Mistakes at the window are often due to human error, such as poor handwriting, confusing two drugs with similar names, math errors, dosage errors, and incorrect abbreviations.
- Labeling problems. Prescription labeling errors in Houston often lead to overdoses, particularly in children and the elderly.
- Work environment. Temperature, noise, lighting, interruptions and other workplace factors can all affect a pharmacist's concentration, resulting in improper measurements or switched prescriptions.
If someone you love has suffered because of a pharmacy's mistake, call Kennedy Hodges at 888-526-7616 today for a free consultation on your case.