You probably visit your doctor to seek treatment for your medical condition or ailment. After being examined by your doctor, you may even leave the doctor’s office with a prescription. Whether you take that prescription to your local pharmacy yourself, or your doctor’s office calls it in for you, you expect to get home with the right medication and correct dosage of drug.
Taking the right prescription can have many benefits. In fact, in some cases it can be lifesaving; however, if the wrong medication or wrong dose of drug is given to you, it may have harmful consequences. Depending on the strength of dosage you received, you could suffer serious health issues. While too high of a dose can sometimes be fatal, too small of a dose can also bring about problems.
If you were injured as a result of a pharmacist failing to fill the prescription correctly and the wrong dosage caused you harm, you may have a pharmacy malpractice claim. In order to pursue a claim for damages against the negligent pharmacist and pharmacy, you need to know what to do once you realize that you have taken the wrong dosage.
Here are six steps to take if you have been a victim of pharmacy error:
- Call your doctor. It is best to contact your doctor’s office to confirm the prescription and what dosage you should have received. If it is revealed that you received the wrong dosage, ask your doctor what you should do and what type of side effects you should watch out for.
- Go to the ER. If you feel different or suffer a reaction from the wrong dosage, it is best to seek medical care as soon as possible, especially since you aren’t sure if taking the wrong dosage could cause any permanent damage or life-threatening injuries.
- Contact the pharmacy. Ask to speak with the pharmacy manager and let him or her know that you received the wrong dosage of medication and that you would like them to be aware of this fact. Do not accept any type of compensation, gift card, or token as their way of apologizing.
- Contact the state board of pharmacy. Every state has a board of pharmacy that oversees pharmacy complaints. Look up their contact information online. You will most likely have to fill out an incident report form and mail it to them so they can open an investigation.
- Keep the pill bottle or medication container in a safe place. Pharmacies will want you to bring back the wrong pills and exchange them for the right medication; however, it is in your best interest to hang onto the medication that caused you to suffer. By having this evidence, it will go a long way if you decide to pursue a claim for damages.
- Contact a pharmacy error attorney. It is best to seek legal advice if you find yourself in a situation like this. Remember, not all lawyers are the same, which is why it is essential for you to speak with an attorney who is experienced in pharmacy malpractice claims.
For help seeking damages and holding the negligent pharmacist accountable for the injuries you suffered, request a free copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.