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What Should I Do If I Was Injured by the Wrong Prescription from My Pharmacy?

Doctors and nurses are not the only medical professionals whose negligent or reckless acts can severely impact your health as a patient. Pharmacists who do not give enough attention to their job duties can inadvertently give you the wrong prescription.

This is not a mistake without consequence: patients who are given the wrong medication can experience serious and even fatal consequences. The patients who find themselves in this situation are not just deprived of the medicine they need to treat their conditions; the medication they are given, if consumed, may cause dangerous allergic reactions or reactions with other medication the patient is taking.

Dangers of Receiving the Wrong Prescription

When your doctor prescribes you a certain drug or medication, the pharmacist’s primary duty is to fill the prescription accurately by giving you the same medication prescribed by your doctor in the quantity and dosage unit directed by your doctor. A pharmacist who is rushed, distracted, impaired by a lack of sleep, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol can fail to fill a doctor’s prescription accurately, which can lead to:

  • Deprivation of necessary medications: Some medical conditions can quickly deteriorate if medications are not taken consistently as prescribed. A prescription error that results in the patient receiving the wrong medication altogether deprives the patient of the benefit of that medication, which in turn can lead to serious complications, a worsening of the underlying condition, or the patient’s death.
  • Unpredictable results: When prescriptions are not given in the correct dosage unit, side effects may be worsened if the dosage unit is too high, or the medication may have no effect at all if the dosage unit is too low. Depending on the condition being treated, the side effects of too high a dosage may be worse than the underlying condition, and too little of the medication may be no different than if the patient was taking no medication at all.

The prescription drug error attorneys at Zinda Law Group are able to promptly investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding your prescription error claim. We will fight tirelessly to help you seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any other losses and expenses you experienced as a result of the prescription error.

How To Avoid Receiving the Wrong Prescription

Because of the dangerous and potentially deadly consequences of consuming a medication that is not prescribed to you, or consuming the right prescription in the incorrect dosage unit, you should always check your prescription before leaving the pharmacy to ensure the medication listed on your prescription is the medication your doctor discussed with you.

If you have any question or doubt as to the accuracy of your prescription, verify the prescription at the pharmacy with the pharmacist and with your doctor’s office. If you do not recognize the mistake until you have left the pharmacy, do not take any of the pills; instead, return the medication to the pharmacy immediately.

Get Help from Experienced Denver Prescription Error Lawyers

If you or your loved one do happen to mistakenly take an incorrectly filled prescription and are injured or become ill as a result, speak with the Denver prescription drug error attorneys at Zinda Law Group right away about the compensation to which you may be entitled. You will only have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit seeking damages, so it is important that you act quickly. Call us at 800-863-5312 today to receive a 100% free legal consultation.



 

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