At some point, most people get a prescription medication filled at a pharmacy to treat an allergy, illness, or other health condition. But when pharmacies get the medication wrong, customers can suffer physical harm and even death.
The Wrong Dose Can Be Deadly
A pharmacist can seriously harm a patient is by filling the wrong dosage of medication. While the patient receives the correct drug, he is unknowingly taking the wrong dose—which could be an overdose. Even if the dose varies slightly, it can cause serious problems for a patient.
For example, a teenager was given a prescription for oxycodone hydrochloride to relieve his pain from strep throat and to help him sleep. The prescription was filled at a pharmacy, and the label indicated that he should take one teaspoon every four hours. He took the correct dose of the medication, but the results weren’t what they should have been. Instead of helping the teenager sleep and start feeling better, the medication caused him to slip into a coma as his organs failed and a lung collapsed.
While the medication prescribed to the teen was supposed to be a safe dose, the pharmacy failed to dilute it. Instead, the pharmacy team gave him an undiluted dosage of medication, which ended up being 20 times the dosage prescribed by his doctor. As a result of taking the wrong dosage of medication—a lethal dose—his family’s lives have forever been changed.
When pharmacists hand patients a liquid concentrate instead of diluting the medication, it can produce serious or even deadly results. Have you been hurt as a result of a medication error? You can hold negligent pharmacists responsible for serious dosage errors. To get started, use our live chat to contact our knowledgeable legal team or order your free copy of our book How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.