You may have thought that your pharmacy’s medication error was a simple mistake. There’s no need to report it, or take action against the pharmacy, right? Yes, you were sick, but you’re better now, so what’s the point of dragging it out?
Sometimes people can be too quick to forgive, which conveniently allows the pharmacy to forget.
Error reporting is one of the primary means of helping patients avoid a prescription drug error. TheInstitute for Safe Medical Practices collects data from doctors and pharmacies nationwide, educating patients and medical professionals on how to avoid having the same mistake occur in the future.
Recent prescription drug errors reported to the Institute for Safe Medical Practices include:
- Patient mix-ups. A woman on vacation began having severe muscle spasms in her back, face, and neck. She was taken to the emergency room, where it was discovered that she had accidentally taken her father’s antipsychotic medication instead of her own prescription. The woman had tried to save room in her suitcase by packing both drugs in the same container.
- Look-alike medications. A woman was taken to the hospital ER when she began behaving oddly and exhibited signs of sudden memory loss. It was discovered that she had placed some of her sleeping pills in the same container with her cholesterol-lowering medication and had been taking the sleeping pills during the day.
- Secondhand victims. One terrifying instance of a prescription drug error involved numerous potential victims who hadn’t even taken any wrong medication. While flying miles above the ground, a co-pilot noticed that the pilot of the plane was having trouble staying awake and seemed groggy and confused. Luckily, the co-pilot was able to take over and safely complete the flight. Later, the pilot realized that he had taken a sleeping pill instead of his blood pressure medication.
These are just a few examples of the potentially catastrophic medication errors that occur every day. If someone you love was hospitalized after a pharmacy error, it is important to remember that there is help available, and there are people who are willing to fight for your rights. Call Kennedy Hodges today at (888) 526-7616 or fill out our online contact form to begin your FREE case evaluation.
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