St. Lucie County Pharmacy Error
Prescription drugs have the potential to save lives-as long as they're prepared and dispensed properly. If an error occurs somewhere in the distribution process, though, modern medicine also has the potential to cause fatal complications.
Unfortunately, medication mistakes are far more common than they should be. Doctors can prescribe the wrong drug, pharmacists can dispense the wrong dosage, or nurses can administer it to the wrong patient.
If you suffered complications after filling a prescription and think a pharmacy error is to blame, you may be entitled to compensation for all resulting damages. To determine if you have grounds for a claim against the negligent healthcare provider, contact Donaldson & Weston.
A pharmacy error attorney on our team will review the circumstances of the incident to determine the most strategic way to proceed. Call 772-266-5555 to schedule a free case evaluation with a medication error lawyer in St. Lucie County.Can I Do Anything to Prevent Medication Errors?
At the end of the day, it's up to healthcare providers to prevent medication mistakes; however, since devastating errors can-and do-occur, patients should take certain steps to protect themselves in clinical settings. Here are just a few ways you can reduce the risk of falling victim to a pharmacy error:
- Maintain a log of everything you take.
Maintain an accurate, detailed, and up-to-date log of everything you take on a relatively regular basis. This log should include prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal remedies. Bring this document to every doctor's appointment, or save it on your phone for optimum convenience.
- Research your allergies.
If you're allergic to any medications, make sure you know all their generic and brand names. Add this information to your master medication log, and review it every time you receive a new prescription.
- Tell loved ones what you take.
Tell multiple family members about the various drugs that you take, or give them access to your medication log. If you ever experience complications and require emergency care, first responders are going to ask loved ones about any medications that you take. This will allow them to provide the most effective care possible and avoid exacerbating the condition.
- Double-check the dosage.
After picking up your prescription from the pharmacy, confirm that the dosage you received is the same as the dosage your doctor prescribed. Then, do a quick search online to see if it appears to be a safe amount given the circumstances. If something seems off, call your physician and go over the prescription before taking it.
If you want to sue a negligent pharmacist for a medication error, contact Donaldson & Weston. We have assisted hundreds of clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Call 772-266-5555 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation with a pharmacy error lawyer in St. Lucie County.