When you are sick, there’s only one thing you want: to get your health back. As everyday people, we rely on doctors to diagnose us and prescribe us with the correct medication. Unfortunately, there can be communication issues, or just pure negligence, between the doctor and the pharmacist. Communication issues or negligent acts can lead to a patient receiving a wrong prescription. In turn, a wrong prescription can lead to other health concerns and should be dealt with as soon as possible.
So, what happens to the pharmacy when they do not give you the right prescription? Well, there may be a claim of pharmaceutical negligence. If this is the case, you can file a civil lawsuit and attempt to recover any damages the wrong prescription may have caused you. Eisner Law Firm has medical malpractice attorneys that are experts in this field who are prepared take on your case.
What Causes Pharmacy Errors?
There are a variety of factors that can contribute to pharmacy errors. According to Brown and Brothers, the most common errors are:
- The physician prescribed the wrong medication
- The pharmacy sells the incorrect medication to the patient
- The pharmacy’s dosage is incorrect
If you receive a prescription regularly, you may notice changes if you receive the wrong medication. If you are taking this medication for the first time, you may not realize that the medication is incorrect.
Risks of Pharmacy Errors
There are many risks that can be associated with taking the wrong medication. The risks of taking the wrong medication can range from mild, like a stomach ache, to severe, like an allergic reaction or further illness. If you have received the wrong medication, proceed by alerting the pharmacy and the medical professional who prescribed the medication to you.
Tips to Prevent Receiving the Wrong Medication
If you have received the wrong medication in the past, we hope that you alerted the pharmacist and the prescribing physician. We have taken the time to put together a list of tips to prevent this from happening.
- When you are prescribed medication, have the doctor write out the name, dosage, and any other information that is necessary
- Try to gather a list of generic medications you may receive
- If the medication does not look like what you were expecting, return to the pharmacy and speak to a professional
- If you have already ingested the medication, seek medical attention
- Update your doctor and pharmacy of any allergies or other information about your health they should be aware of
Protect your Rights
If you or a loved one has suffered further illness or an injury due to pharmaceutical errors, you may have a medical malpractice and negligence suit on your hands. If this is the case, contact Eisner Law Firm today. Our medical malpractice experts are able and willing to assist you through every step of this process. We will work with medical and pharmaceutical professionals to uncover the truth of your situation.