Prescription Dispensing Errors
In the current day and age, retail pharmacies can sometimes more closely resemble fast food restaurants than places where health care is provided. Because pharmacies are looking to cut costs and perform more efficiently, pharmacists are required to fill more and more prescriptions in less and less time. Some of the busier pharmacies can fill more than five hundred prescriptions per day, with only one pharmacist on staff at any given time. This comes out to slightly more than one prescription per minute for twelve solid hours.
Every prescription presents an opportunity for a dispensing error. The wrong drug, incorrect quantity, or incorrect dose could be dispensed, or inaccurate instructions could be included. All of these errors have the potential to cause life threatening problems. For many people, their daily medicine is one of their lifelines, and the incorrect administration of this medicine could have dire consequences.
When receiving your medications, make sure to thoroughly check the label. Ensure that you have received your medication, and not someone else’s, and that the instructions on the bottle are what you have expected. Additionally, examine the medication itself. If it is different from what you usually receive, do not hesitate to call your pharmacy to make sure that you have not received an incorrect medication.
If you notice too late that you have received an incorrect medication, dose, or instructions, it is important that you contact your local pharmacy to inform them of the error. Additionally, you need to contact your primary care physician or specialist so that you can monitor any possible health issues that may result and an experienced personal injury lawyer to ensure that your rights are protected.
If you have been injured as a result of a negligent pharmacist or a medication dispensing error, contact a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer at Stepleton Dugan, LLC today at 513-321-7733.