• Apr
    01
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Pharmacy Negligence: How to Be Sure You’re Never a Victim

    Life would be so much simpler if we could always trust everybody around us to do the right thing, pay attention, and never, ever make a mistake. Unfortunately, that is not the case. When the mistake is being made by the shop-at-home clerk at the supermarket, the worst thing likely to happen is you get frozen spinach instead of fresh, but if the mistake is being made by the pharmacist filling your prescription that’s an entirely different story. Pharmacy errors can have severe consequences. The Institute of Medicine reported a whopping 1.5 million preventable medication errors resulting in injury or death in 2006, and mistakes continue to get made. In light of that, it is essential that we each take steps to protect ourselves to make sure that we aren’t victims of pharmacy negligence. Here are some essential safeguards you can pursue:

    • When your physician prescribes your medication, make sure that you ask them about both strength and how you are to take it as well as interactions with other medications that you are taking. Once you receive the prescription, do not take it until you have compared the information provided by your doctor with what you have received.
    • When you go to the pharmacy to have a prescription filled, take the time to ask the pharmacist what your medication is for. By doing so you can ensure that you have gotten the medication that you were supposed to. In many cases, pharmacy negligence happens because pharmacists mix up which patient medication is supposed to be given to, or even the strength of the medication that is supposed to be dispensed. By requesting this conversation, you are forcing the pharmacist to take a second look.
    • Make sure that both your physician and your pharmacist has a list of every medication that you are taking. This should include over-the-counter medications and any supplements or herbal remedies you may be taking.
    • If you have a bad reaction to a drug, let your physician know immediately. Also, let your pharmacist know. An ingredient in one drug may also be present in another, and letting these professionals know about allergies will help them to protect you.
    • Know what your pill is supposed to look like. This information is available online. If what you receive looks different, you may have caught a mistake. Do not worry about insulting your pharmacist by asking them to double check if you find a disparity – they are human, and they definitely do not want to face the consequences of pharmacy negligence or carelessness.

    If you think you’ve been the victim of pharmacy malpractice, contact our team today.

     

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