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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.

Wrong Medication – The Result of Drug Mix-Ups

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

Pharmacists are under a lot of pressure. Pressure to answer the phones, pressure to fill prescriptions on time, and pressure to meet the quota (volume of prescriptions) the pharmacy wants them to achieve. Because of the pressure and time demands placed on pharmacists to fill prescriptions quickly in order to increase profits for the pharmacy chains, more and more cases of pharmacy malpractice are occurring.

The mistakes pharmacists make occur in a number of different ways. One common pharmacy error is when a pharmacist confuses the drugs. When this happens, a patient is given the wrong medication as a result of the drug mix-up by the pharmacist or pharmacy assistant.

How Could a Pharmacist Fill the Prescription with the Wrong Drug?

Many drugs appear similar, have similar names, have the same letters stamped on the individual pills, and are even distributed in the same dosage of milligrams. Additionally, some pharmacies keep medication in similar-looking containers and may even keep easily confused drugs in the same drawer or area.

When a pharmacist or pharmacy technician is in a hurry, is multitasking or is distracted, he or she can pick up the wrong medication because it is similar to another drug in some way. Cases of pharmacy malpractice have occurred because the prescription was filled with the wrong medication due to the following:

  • Pharmacists confuse drugs that have the same letters stamped on the pills.
  • Pharmacists confuse medications that look similar and have the same dosage of milligrams.
  • Pharmacists confuse pills that sound-alike.

It is scary to realize how easy it is for something like this to take place. If a pharmacist doesn’t catch the mistake when double or triple-checking the prescription, the patient may suffer serious consequences.

When pharmacy budgets don’t allow for an adequate number of pharmacists or other pharmacy employees to handle high volumes of prescriptions and if large corporate pharmacies continue to stress speed in filling prescriptions, then more pharmacy errors will occur.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a pharmacist’s mistake, call Kennedy Hodges L.L.P. for a free consultation with an experienced pharmacy error lawyer at 888-526-7616. Make sure you also request a FREE copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.