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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.

How Pharmacies Can Avoid Sound-Alike Drug Errors

David W. Hodges
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Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing pharmacy error, medical malpractice and personal injury law
It may seem incredible that a pharmacist can give you the wrong medication simply because the drug names have similar spelling. However, these kinds of errors take place every day, causing painful side effects, hospitalization, and even death.

The FDA has recommended that pharmacies and hospitals implement a plan to prevent sound-alike drug mistakes. Suggested protocol includes:

  • Listing both brand names and generic names on all labels and medication records. 
  • Storing products that look alike or have similar names in different locations. 
  • Ensuring a second person (nurse or tech) double-checks all prescriptions before distribution. 
  • Using “name alert” labels to medications that have been known to cause look-alike or sound-alike errors. 
  • Drawing attention to the differences in names of confused medications by changing the appearance of names on pharmacy labels, shelf labels and bins, computer screens and medication records by highlighting, using bold text, color, or all-caps.
  • Instructing physicians to include both the brand and generic names on all prescriptions. 
  • Alerting consumers to the possibility of drug name mix-ups. 
  • Encouraging patients and staff to question their pharmacists about any medications that are different than expected. 

These procedures have been most effective when pharmacies post a list of these procedures in clear view and include them in training materials. Pharmacists must also be aware of new drugs on the market that could be confused with current medications, providing timely updates for patients and staff.

If you or someone you love received the wrong medication from a pharmacy, you may be able to hold the pharmacy liable for your medical costs. Get your legal questions answered in your FREE consultation with a  prescription drug error lawyerby calling Kennedy Hodges today at (888) 526-7616. 

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