Last month a Seattle woman had a scare after she realized she had been taking the wrong dosage of medication. Sandra Herrera told Komo News that she suffers from multiple sclerosis and recently had hip surgery, so she is taking multiple medications to treat her different ailments.
She had her prescriptions filled at a local Rite Aid pharmacy like usual, but this time she was given the wrong pills by mistake. However, Herrera didn’t know she received the wrong dosage of pills until two days later. She looked at the prescription bottle and “just happened to read this really small print that describes the pill,” she said.
When she read the label, she realized that the pills she had been taking were a different color than what was described on the label. Although the color difference was minor, she realized she was taking the wrong pills. She received pills that were light green and dark green instead of ones that were white and green.
Additionally, the label called for a 250 milligram capsule with the number 293 on it, but the pills in the container were labeled with the number 294. She actually found out that the capsules in the container were 500 milligrams—double the amount she was supposed to be taking per her doctor’s orders.
After speaking with Rite Aid, she found out that the label on her prescription was correct and that a Rite Aid pharmacist filled the wrong dosage.
Although she wasn’t immediately harmed by this medication mix-up, she said, “my doctor prescribed this amount because he knows all the medicine I take for my MS, so how do I know if those two days did something to my liver. I may never know.”
This scare is a lesson for all consumers to double check medication they receive from the pharmacy.