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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.

Who Has a Hand in Making Medications Safer and Reducing Medicine Errors?

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

Did you know that problematic packaging, drug labels, and drug names contribute to 33 percent of all medication errors annually in this nation? Sadly, poorly designed carton labels and packaging, as well as similar drug names, have led to a great number of fatalities, according to the Institute of Medicine. As a result, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidelines asking drug manufacturers to improve medication labels and packaging.

According to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, the new guidelines that manufacturers are following have been successful and are helping to prevent drug errors by avoiding similar packaging among different products, standardizing the way drug strengths are indicated, and prioritizing the information on drug labels.

When medication cartons and labels are poorly designed, they can “obscure critical safety information,” said Irene Z. Chan, PharmD, BCPS, a safety evaluator in the FDA’s Division of Medication Error Prevention and Analysis. However, drug manufacturers aren’t alone in helping to reduce medicine errors. In fact, hospitals and pharmacists can do a better job of making medications safer.

How Hospitals Can Help Prevent Medicine Mistakes

While it is apparent what drug manufacturers can do to minimize drug error confusion, hospitals can also do their part by using bar coding systems and automated dispensing technology. According to an analysis at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, implementing a car code system reduced 517 adverse drug events.

How Pharmacists Can Help Reduce Rx Errors

Because pharmacies order drugs from different drug manufactures, they can help patients stay safer by only ordering medications from manufacturers who have complied with the FDA and made their containers more distinct. Additionally, they can order medications that come in different dosage forms. For example, they can order one dosage to come in a vial and the other to come in a prefilled syringe. This can help decrease confusion behind the pharmacy counter and help patients stay safe.

Making medications safer for patients isn’t just one person’s job. If drug manufacturers, hospitals, and pharmacists would do their part and help prevent medicine mistakes from happening, more people wouldn’t suffer harm from medication errors. To learn more about how to help prevent a drug error from happening to you, we invite you to read our other articles and blogs on our website or follow us on Twitter.