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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.
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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.

Confusing Labels Lead to Wrong Dosages of Medication Taken

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

Prescription medication is dispensed in different containers, in different dosages, and with different instructions that vary widely depending on the pharmacy filling the prescription. While some medication mistakes are caused by patients themselves, others are caused by poor and confusing medication labels. Additionally, many of the errors that cause a patient to take an incorrect dosage are caused by inconsistent labels.

Consumer Reports compared different pill bottles from various pharmacies to see how the different labels stacked up. This report “A Closer Look at Prescription Bottle Labels” can be found here. Some of the findings include:

  • Different pharmacies used different fonts and point sizes (some instructions were written in 12-point font and others were harder to read when written in 8-point font and smaller – making it almost unreadable).
  • Different pharmacies used darker or lighter ink (lighter ink made it more difficult to read the label).
  • Different pharmacies put the generic and brand name of the drug on the bottle and others only list the generic name.
  • Different pharmacies include drug warnings written on the drug label itself and others placed warning stickers horizontally on the pill bottle. Yet, some pharmacies forgot to print warning labels entirely.

Confusing labels can cause patients to become puzzled about how many pills they should or shouldn’t be taking. When the pill bottle reads “take two pills twice daily,” the words cause some people to take one pill two times a day (for a total of two pills), while others may take two pills at two different times a day (for a total of four pills). This label confusion can lead to the wrong dosage of medication taken.

Consumer packaging and labeling should be as error-proof as possible. Because of the inconsistencies and the confusion, many are left wondering if the FDA and the pharmaceutical industry are doing enough to prevent drug errors from occurring. Some suggestions include dispensing pills in blister packages so patients can tell what they should take on which day and making changes to prescription labels so that all labels – no matter the pharmacy – would be consistent.

Sadly, errors in prescribing and labeling have caused many people to become sick, to be injured, or to die and most of these errors could have been prevented from ever occurring in the first place. If you have been harmed due to a prescription error, wrong dosage or other drug error, please call Kennedy Hodges L.L.P. for a free consultation with a knowledgeable drug error lawyer at 888-526-7616. Make sure you also request a FREE copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.