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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.

The Reality of Children Receiving the Wrong Dosage of Prescription Medication

David W. Hodges
Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing pharmacy error, medical malpractice and personal injury law

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.