Pharmacies are a vital part of the healthcare system, but like any other system, they can make mistakes. While some pharmacy errors can be harmless, others can cause severe injuries to patients. In this blog, we will highlight some of the most common pharmaceutical errors in hopes of keeping yourself safe while using pharmacies. We hope this information will help you keep yourself safe when using pharmacies.
Dispensing the wrong medication.
One of the most common pharmaceutical errors is dispensing the wrong medication. This can happen when a prescription is written for the wrong patient or when a pharmacist misreads the prescription. In some cases, the wrong medication may be dispensed even if the prescription is written correctly.
Miscalculating a dose.
According to the National Institute of Health, prescription errors are a leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. One way that these errors can occur is when a dosage is miscalculated. Even a small mistake can have serious consequences, as the body may not be able to process the medication correctly. Incorrect dosage can sometimes be toxic, leading to organ damage or even death. As such, prescription medications must be carefully measured and monitored.
Failing to disclose drug interactions.
One of the most important aspects of being a pharmacy technician is making sure that prescription medications do not interact with each other in a way that would be harmful to the patient. If two prescription drugs interact, it can cause serious health problems for the patient, including organ damage, coma, or even death.
For this reason, it is crucial that pharmacy technicians are familiar with all of the potential interactions between different medications. Still, unfortunately, not all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are aware of the possible interactions. As a result, prescription errors occur on a regular basis, causing harm to unsuspecting patients.
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If you or a loved one were recently harmed due to a prescription error, we might be able to help. The team at Michles & Booth can assist you with investigating the prescription order and filing a medical malpractice claim. For more information, contact our firm at (800) 848-6168 or visit our Contact Us page to get started on a consultation request form.