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How to Prevent Prescription Drug Errors

By Luke Dow on November 07, 2016

Most pharmacists study for eight years before they enter the profession. Despite having extensive training, mediation errors kill at least one person every day, and they cause injuries or illnesses to 1.3 million people annually, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Patients who are lucky enough to survive often face permanent cognitive or physical problems.

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There are many reasons why a medical mistake might happen, but most cases involve avoidable errors such as:

  • Dispensing the wrong medication;
  • Dispensing expired drugs;
  • Dispensing the incorrect dosage; or
  • Confusing the names of patients.
If you suffered an illness due to a negligent pharmacist in Texas, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Luke Dow is a personal-injury attorney in Austin who will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a personal injury claim.

Mr. Dow will fight for the maximum settlement on your behalf, and if your case goes to trial, he has the resources and litigation experience to represent your interests in court. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation. You can also learn more about medical malpractice in Texas by visiting the USAttorneys website.

How Can Patients Prevent Pharmaceutical Errors?

There are strict regulations that doctors and pharmacists must follow when they prescribe and dispense medication. The purpose of these rules is to prevent mistakes, but a minor oversight or procedural error is all it takes to injure a patient.

If you take a prescription drug, you can reduce the risk of medication errors by:

  • Telling your pharmacist and doctor about any supplements, prescriptions and over-the-counter meds you are taking;
  • Making sure your doctor’s writing on the prescription is legible; and
  • Reading the label on the medication to confirm the drug’s name, your name and the dosage are correct.
6 Questions to Ask before Taking a New Medication

You can also reduce the risk of complications by asking these six questions before you take a new prescription:

  1. What are the brand and generic names of the drug?
  2. How much time will pass before I see the results?
  3. When can I stop taking the medication?
  4. Do I have to avoid certain supplements, medications or foods while I’m taking this prescription?
  5. Are there any side effects associated with this drug? What are the symptoms? What should I do if I notice the symptoms?
  6. What should I do if I forget to take a dose or accidentally overdose?
Unfortunately, many patients do not notice prescription errors until it is too late. If you suffered an illness due to a pharmaceutical mistake in Texas, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. A personal-injury attorney in Austin will help you claim the maximum compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages.

Luke Dow is a board-certified injury lawyer with a reputation for winning cases. He will gather evidence, arrange an independent medical examination and expert testimonies, and compassionately represent your interests. Call 512-518-4104 today to schedule a consultation.

 

 

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