Children get sick and need medication just like adults; however, their prescription dosages are much different than adults. When a doctor writes an adult prescription for a child and a pharmacist fills it without double checking that the prescription is for a young kid, the child taking the medication may suffer serious side effects.
Sadly, wrong dosages are given to kids by doctors, nurses, and pharmacists all the time. The pressure to move fast in these professional work settings is high. Although these mistakes shouldn’t happen, they do – especially when doctors and pharmacists are busy and not thinking straight. This can also happen when a pharmacist is multitasking or is distracted and just assumes that the dosage he or she is filling is the adult dosage of the medication.
When this occurs, a child is given the wrong dosage of prescribed drugs – causing a kid to take a much stronger dosage of medication than what he or she should be taking. Unfortunately, medication that is too strong can cause a child to suffer serious health effects that may cause injuries, a hospital visit, or even death.
This is because kids’ bodies break down medications differently than adults. Their kidneys, livers, and other organs are smaller and handle medication absorption differently. This is why there are children’s prescriptions and children’s dosages, so that children are kept safe when taking medication.
What Can Parents Do to Prevent Wrong Dosages for Their Children?
Although it is a pharmacist’s duty to make sure your child is prescribed the right strength of medication, you can always double check. When you pick up the prescription, confirm that this prescription is for your child and ask the pharmacist to review the dosage instructions. This way, a pharmacy error may be caught prior to causing your child injuries. Additionally, you will be able to understand the dosage, how often and how much to give your kid, and the right dropper or method to administer the drugs to your child.
If your kid has suffered from receiving the wrong dosage or wrong medication from a pharmacist, you need to seek legal advice. Victims of pharmacy error may need compensation for hospital bills, instances of pain and suffering, and more. Call a knowledgeable children medication error lawyer at Kennedy Hodges at 888-526-7616 for a complimentary consultation and a FREE copy of our report How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.