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Pharmacy Errors and Medication Mistakes

Steve Wagner

In the everyday hustle of a busy pharmacy, it can be easy to mix-up, and even over-prescribe medication to any number of the many patients seen on a daily basis. In larger pharmacies where there are potentially dozens of employees working to fill prescriptions, the problem is even more common than you might think.

For some patients, the mistakes could be harmless (a simple mix-up of the brand of their medication, or accidentally switching a medication that is non-life threatening). For others, however, the mistakes made behind the pharmacy counter could become deadly if patients don’t catch the mistakes made by their pharmacists.

Imagine you get home to open your prescription, and instead of your normal blood pressure medication, you are given an SSRI antidepressant pill, but they look very similar and you don’t notice the difference for several days. Pharmacy errors like these could be deadly for patients who depend on their prescription medications as life-saving measures each and every day.

We recommend that you take a few precautions every time you pick up your prescription medications:

  • Get to know your pharmacist: It never hurts to make friends with the people behind the counter. When they anticipate seeing you, and have a face to go with the name on your labels, they will be more likely to take extra care with your medications.
  • Take pictures of your pills and make notes of any identifying marks on them: It never hurts, especially if you are taking multiple medications, to be extra sure of what each pill looks like, which one is which, and how to tell them apart from other, potentially similar, medications. When you get your prescriptions home, make sure they all match up with the pictures and descriptions.
  • Never be afraid to call your pharmacy and ask: If you are unsure of a dosage, unsure of the amount of pills you were given, or if you just want to double check that you have the right medication, call and ask them. They are there to help you!
  • Talk to your doctor: Any time you need to switch or add a prescription discuss it with your doctor, and make sure they know which pharmacy to communicate with. Follow up with your pharmacists to make sure they spoke with your doctor and the prescription you were assigned is the correct one.

If you have suffered from a prescription drug injury because of a mistake made at your pharmacy, the drug injury attorneys at Wagner Reese can assist you in receiving the compensation you deserve to assist you with your recovery. Give us a call at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation.


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