How many times has your doctor prescribed medication for you in the past year?

How many times have you given your child(ren) a prescription drug in the past year?

Did you look at the label on the prescription bottle and look at the medication itself (pill, tablet, and capsule) to make sure it was the right medication prescribed by the doctor?

A national study revealed that 1.7 percent of all prescriptions dispensed in the United States per year are incorrectly filled with the wrong drug, dosage, instructions or even someone else’s medication.

Pharmacies are often sued over such errors. One alleged situation apparently involves a five year old son who was allegedly prescribed an antipsychotic drug at a dose ten times the recommended amount for a child his age instead of his prescribed allergy medication. After only two doses of the wrong medication, the child allegedly could not breathe or talk.

Another case involved a woman who allegedly received a drug used to treat schizophrenia instead of an antibiotic. The erroneous drug given to her allegedly caused her heart to race and vision to blur.

Pharmacies are incorrectly filling prescriptions and causing serious injuries and complications and sometimes death to patients who put their trust in the pharmacist to give them the right medicine as prescribed by their doctor.

READ THE LABEL ON ALL PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION

LOOK AT THE MEDICATION ITSELF

AND READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!

If you have any doubts or concerns, call your doctor or the pharmacy. Protect yourself and your loved ones.

If you or someone you know has had a prescription incorrectly filled, contact me today at 312-888-6058 to learn more about what to do and how we can handle the prescription medication errors.

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