In an age of computers, it seems strange that prescriptions are still transferred over the phone between pharmacies. Every time a phone prescription transfer occurs, there is an increased chance of a pharmacy error because it’s done verbally. There are many sound-alike drugs that cause pharmacists to misunderstand or confuse what the pharmacist said on the other end of the phone.
Sadly, dictating prescription information over the phone can be potentially dangerous for patients, resulting in the wrong medication or the wrong dose of the right medication. When a patient receives the wrong dosage, it may cause hypotension in some cases.
What is Hypotension?
Hypotension is abnormally low blood pressure, lower than 90/60 mmHg. It occurs when people cannot bring their blood pressure back to normal or cannot return it to normal quickly enough. The human body is sensitive to changes in blood pressure and is constantly adjusting to ensure there is enough blood and oxygen flowing to the kidneys, brain, and other vital organs. When a factor like the wrong dosage of medication causes abnormally low blood pressure, the result is less blood and oxygen flowing to the body’s organs.
Hypotension is of great concern when a patient who received the wrong medication or wrong dosage of medication suffers the following symptoms:
- Blurred vision
- Cold and sweaty skin
Hypotension caused by medication errors can be extremely dangerous. Patients can fall and injure themselves after fainting or becoming dizzy. Also, when a drastic drop in blood flow occurs it hinders the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the body’s organs, compromising the kidneys and other organs. In severe cases, hypotension can lead to shock which in turn could be fatal if not treated immediately.
If you suffered any injuries or had to go to the hospital for treatment after being given the wrong dose of medication, you need to speak with a pharmacy error attorney at Kennedy Hodges, L.L.P. today to discuss your rights. Call us at 888-526-7616 for a free consultation and a FREE copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.