7 Questions For Your Pharmacist to Help Prevent Medication Errors

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Jun 3, 2016 3:30:00 PM

Although your doctor and pharmacist are experts in their fields, patients should pay careful attention and ask questions whenever they’re prescribed a medication. Even the best pharmacists make mistakes sometimes, but patients can avoid problems by staying alert and involved in their medical treatment. Here are some questions that you should ask your pharmacist whenever you are picking up a new medication:

1. What is the brand name of this medication? What is the generic name?

The names of some medications sound very similar but might have vastly different effects; pharmacists may accidentally select the wrong one. Pharmacists can also be confused by doctors’ notoriously bad handwriting. Make sure that the medication you receive is the same as the one you discussed with your doctor.

2. What is this medication supposed to do? How long should it take before I see results?

Some medications take effect immediately, while other may take days, weeks, or even months. Pay attention to the effects that you notice and how long they take to appear. If they are significantly different than what you expected, you may have been prescribed the wrong medication or the wrong dosage.

3. What is the dose? What are the instructions for taking it?

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Different doses of medications can have very different effects; many medications can be dangerous if taken at the wrong dose or at the wrong frequency. Clarify the instructions with the pharmacist before leaving with your medication.

4. Does this prescription interact with any other medications that I may be taking? What about over-the-counter drugs?

Some medications can negate each other, or even be dangerous, when combined. Make sure that your doctor is aware of all other medications that you take when writing a prescription for you. The pharmacist can also help inform you about other medications that should not be combined with the medication you are being prescribed, including any over-the-counter drugs.

5. Are there any foods, drinks, medications, or activities I should avoid while taking this?

Many medications cannot be taken with alcohol or other food and drink. Others may inhibit you from doing activities that you normally do. Ask your pharmacist for any instructions or advice.

6. Are there any possible side effects? What should I do if they occur?

Some medications do have normal side effects such as headaches or nausea. However, symptoms like those could be indicators that you have been prescribed the wrong medication or the wrong dosage. Be aware of what to expect, and talk to your pharmacist if you experience unanticipated side effects.

7. What should I do if I miss a dose or accidentally take more than the recommended dose?

We all make mistakes sometimes when taking medicine. This matters more with some medications than others; ask your pharmacist for specific instructions.

Even the most careful patients can fall victim to a medication error. If you have suffered an illness or injury due to a mistake with your prescription, contact the medical malpractice attorneys at Anapol Weiss. Our team has a track record of success advocating for victims of medical negligence.

Topics: Medical Malpractice, Medical Negligence, Pharmacy Errors, Medication Errors

Can a Pharmacist be Held Liable for Medical Malpractice?

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Apr 12, 2016 3:30:00 PM
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Millions of people in the U.S. trust pharmacists with the task of giving them the correct prescribed medications. Pharmacists’ mistakes can have life-threatening consequences, but when can they be held liable for negligence and professional malpractice?

A pharmacist may be responsible for tasks beyond accurately dispensing the medication, depending on their state’s specific laws. These additional tasks may include:

  • Warning the patient of potential side effects from the medication
  • Screening for medication interactions among multiple prescriptions and possibly contacting the patient’s health care provider to advise them if there may be potential harm
  • Reviewing a patient’s medical history
  • Offering to discuss the patient’s medication and answer related questions

Pharmacists can make a dangerous medication error in several ways. Deviating from a physician’s instructions – such as dispensing incorrect medication or dispensing the wrong strength of the proper medication – can lead to severe health problems for a patient. Further, if a pharmacist notices a possible medication interaction or serious allergy to a certain medication, the pharmacist has a responsibility to refuse to dispense that medication to the patient. The pharmacist would then be expected to contact the patient’s physician or instruct the patient to see the physician again.

Contact Our Firm for Assistance

Pharmacists have a duty to provide patients with the highest quality care at all times. Pharmacy errors can lead to a patient’s death or permanent injury.

Contact Anapol Weiss for assistance if you were given the wrong medication or were harmed by medical negligence at the hands of a pharmacy. We can investigate your situation and determine if you have a malpractice case.

 

Topics: Medical Malpractice, Medical Negligence, Pharmacy Errors, Medication Errors

Medication Errors Resulting from Pharmacy Mistakes

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Jan 8, 2016 11:30:00 AM

pharmacy_errors.jpgMillions of people trust pharmacists every day to fill their medications, but adults and children have been killed by pharmacy errors after being sent home with the incorrect drug or dose.

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are sometimes pressured to move quickly in order to fill a long list of prescriptions. Unfortunately, it’s the unsuspecting patients who suffer the consequences when pharmacy errors result from too much haste.

Prescription Interaction Problems

Interactions between medications can be dangerous and sometimes fatal. Even taking over-the-counter drugs with prescriptions can cause severe adverse reactions. Physicians and pharmacists should always be aware and notify patients of any possible interactions that could occur between the prescription medications they are taking. These interactions are sometimes overlooked, which can create a deadly situation for patients.

Filing Lawsuits for Pharmacy Errors

The medical malpractice lawyers at Anapol Weiss are committed to ensuring patients and their families get justice for injuries caused by preventable medication errors due to pharmacy mistakes. If it happened to you or a loved one, contact our firm for assistance.

Topics: Medical Malpractice, Medical Negligence, Pharmacy Errors, Medication Errors

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