Medication errors by pharmacists cause injuries to more than one million Americans each year. When you pick up a new prescription, or each time you purchase a refilled prescription, check your pills before taking them. In addition, it’s always wise to count the number of pills to ensure you receive the exact number listed on the outside of the container.
Wrong prescriptions can result in serious and sometimes fatal consequences. Never assume that a pharmacist is giving you the correct prescription. It’s not uncommon for a pharmacist to misread or misinterpret a physician’s handwriting. There are also many prescriptions that have similar names, but are prescribed for very different illnesses. Discuss your prescriptions with the pharmacist, and educate yourself regarding possible side effects.
To Avoid Injury Or Fatal Reactions To Your Prescriptions, Make It A Practice To:
- Check the label to ensure you received the medication prescribed
- Check the label to ensure your name is on the label
- Ask the pharmacist about drug allergy related interactions
- Always discuss concerns you have with the pharmacist