Each year, approximately 1.5 million people are harmed due to pharmacy errors. Let’s face it. Our pharmacies and pharmacists are short-staffed, distracted, and overworked, relying increasingly on pharmacy assistants to help in the process of filling and administering prescriptions. Though errors are infrequent, you must be your own advocate when making sure you’ve received what the doctor ordered, that the dosing is what he/she intended, and that the instructions for taking it are correct. There are numerous stories where patients start a new medication and discover after taking it for a few days that they feel poorly. After doing their research on WebMD or some other site, they suspect that, due to a pharmacy error, they aren’t taking the medication that their doctor prescribed! But feeling unwell in this situation is the BEST case scenario. There can be long-term adverse effects – even death – when a pharmacy error is made.
Here is a list of some of the most commonly incorrectly distributed drugs:
- Warfarin – a blood thinner
- Levothyroxine – thyroid medication
- Hydrocodone – painkiller (controlled substance)
- Oxycodone – painkiller (controlled substance)
- Toprol – beta-blocker to treat chest pain
- Topamax – prescribed to treat bipolar disorder, seizures, and migraine headaches
- Prednisone – steroid to treat many infections
Most of the drugs above are on the list because there are so many options for the doctor in dosing. Often, a clerical error results in the pharmacy giving the wrong dose to the patient. Also, in the case of Toprol and Topamax, these two get mistakenly dispensed for the other – simply due to a similarity in the name of the drug. Since they treat VERY different things, it’s pretty scary to think about how someone’s health can quickly degenerate.
If you were a victim of pharmacy malpractice caused by a negligent pharmacy technician or pharmacist, you need to call Kennedy Law Firm, LLC at 713-325-6445 for a free consultation with a knowledgeable Texas pharmacy malpractice lawyer to find out your rights regarding a wrong medication lawsuit. Additionally, we will provide you with a FREE copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.