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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.

5 Ways Patients Can Cut the Risk of Prescription Drug Mistake Injuries

David W. Hodges
Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing pharmacy error, medical malpractice and personal injury law
Unfortunately, prescription medication mistakes are common. Whether your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist was to blame, the fact is there are too many ways these kinds of errors can happen.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working with healthcare providers across the country to reduce the number of medication mistakes that occur every year. Meanwhile, the FDA offers a few suggestions that have helped countless patients avoid a medication error injury:

  • Know the name of your medication. The average person takes three to six medications, but surprisingly, many do not know the brand or generic names of the drug. Drug names are easily confused, so make sure you know the brand and generic name of all of your medications.
  • Know what your medication is for. Elderly patients are especially at risk of medication errors, since they often take so many drugs they forget which conditions each treats. For example, a woman who confuses a daily drug with an “as needed” medication is not only overmedicating a once-in-a-while condition, but is not fully treating her daily condition. 
  • Read medicine labels every time. Many people assume that reading the label once is sufficient for self-dosage. However, if the label is misread, the patient will carry on with the incorrect dosage for the length of the prescription. Patients may also confuse two medications in the middle of the night--especially children’s medications, which are often in the form of drops.
  • Ask questions about how to use the medication. Too many patients wrongly assume that all -important information will be listed on the label. Always ask about potential drug interactions, side effects, and which activities you should avoid while taking the medication. 
  • Keep a list of your medications with you at all times. Always keep a running list of all medications and dietary supplements you take. Keep a copy with you, in your wallet or purse, and another in your home. At least one person in your family should know where this list is located so they can inform your doctors of your medical situation in an emergency.

If someone in your family was injured due to a pharmacist’s negligence, the attorneys at Kennedy Hodges can advise you on your prescription drug error lawsuitin your FREE consultation. Call today (888) 526-7616 today to find out if you could be compensated for your medical bills, loss of income, and more.

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