As a medical negligence lawyer I have seen may instances of injury or even death from a pharmacy filling a prescription incorrectly. We trust our pharmacists and most people do not check to make sure the dosage they were prescribed is the dosage they were actually given at the pharmacy. The most common type of prescription errors are wrong dosage (27% of the errors) given and wrong drug filled (52% of errors).
When filling a prescription, make sure the dosage prescribed is the same as the dosage instructions on the bottle. Make sure the pill description on the prescription bag matches what you actually got in the bottle. All prescriptions should come with a pill description that describes the color, size, shape, and any labeling on the pill such as numbers or symbols.
Failure to make sure you have the right drug and dosage amounts that your doctor prescribed can leave you and your family vulnerable to errors made by busy and often overworked pharmacists. One such tragic even occurred ion April of 2012 when a 6 year old's morphine prescription was wrongfully dispensed and instructed her to take a high dosage that lead to her death. Clearly the pharmacy was negligent and responsible for this young girls' death, however, individuals and especially parents need to be vigilant and check for prescription errors. If you even suspect it may be wrong call your doctor's office before taking the medications.
In the wrongful death of the 6 year old, a low dose solution of morphine was prescribed and was being refilled when the pharmacy apparently misfiled with a dosage 10 times the amount she was suppose to ingest. A clear case of pharmacy malpractice, but an incident that may have been avoided by double checking the medicine prescribed. Don't get me wrong, I do not blame the mother for her tragic lose, but this highlights why parents must double check their kids' prescriptions when filled.
Please be sure to double check your prescriptions whenever they are filled or refilled.
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