How to avoid common pharmacy medication errors

Pharmacists play a key role in ensuring patients get the correct prescription medications. Pharmacies generally have a process in place to detect and prevent most medication errors. However, the reality is that mistakes can and do occur, leaving patients vulnerable to the risk of serious injuries. For example, drugs with similar-sounding names can get mixed up, or they can react adversely with other medications.

According to research published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, pharmacy dispensing errors account for more than 20 percent of prescription errors that affect patients. Fortunately, there are several steps patients can take to ensure they stay safe and leave the pharmacy with the right medications.

Many prescription errors arise due to lack of communication between the patient and pharmacist. Medication instructions and labels can sometimes be difficult to understand. As a result, you should make sure to ask your pharmacist any questions you have. Find out when and how to take the drug, the correct dosage, whether it is safe to take with other medications or supplements, and if side effects are likely.

Ask for information about your medicines in simple, straightforward terms that you can easily understand. Patients should also ensure the pharmacist is aware of any allergic or adverse reactions that certain drugs have triggered in the past.

Using the same pharmacy for all prescriptions can also help reduce the risk of errors. When picking up medication from the pharmacy, check that it is the correct drug and matches the doctor’s prescription. By being more proactive with your health care, you are more likely to stay safe from prescription errors.

If you have suffered injuries due to pharmaceutical negligence, contact the personal injury lawyers at Joyce & Reyes. We can help you pursue compensation.