When most people go to pick up a prescription, they are typically looking for relief from illness or pain, and may not be aware of the dangers of prescription medication. Unfortunately, medication and dosage errors can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening illness and injury to patients. When you go to the pharmacy, it is important to check your medications for consistency, to ask the pharmacist about dosage requirements, and to contact your doctor with any questions you have about your drug.
Errors at the Pharmacy
A medication error can be the fault of the pharmacist, a pharmacy technician, or even the doctor who wrote your prescription. When obtaining a prescription, it is important to:
- Learn about your medication. Ask your doctor any questions you have about dosage requirements and side effects.
- Ask the pharmacist questions. If the answers about your medication differ from what your doctor told you, call your to explain the situation and ask your doctor for clarification.
- Learn the names of generic brands and know what your regular medication looks like. Check new prescriptions to make sure they are the same as your old ones.
By taking these simple steps, you can avoid taking the wrong medication due to a pharmacy or doctor error.
If you or someone you love has been injured after being prescribed the wrong type of dosage of medication, the St. Louis pharmaceutical error lawyers at the Finney Law Office may be able to help. To learn more, contact our offices at 314-646-0300.