Recently, a child in the Bronx nearly died after his mother gave him what she thought was his usual dose of generic Ritalin. When he became very ill and she brought him to the hospital, doctors examined the medication and discovered that it was a pill that looked a lot like generic Ritalin but was in fact methadone, a man-made heroin. The child’s family is suing the pharmacy and seeking a state investigation.
With the hundreds of millions of prescriptions that are filled each year, a large percentage of people receive an incorrect prescription. The result can be serious or even deadly. If you’ve been injured by a pharmacy error, contact an experienced New York pharmacy error attorney immediately.
Frequent pharmacy errors include:
- Providing the wrong medicine.
- Providing the wrong dosage.
- Failing to instruct patients how and when to use a drug.
- Failing to guard against drug interactions or allergies.
Pharmacists are often overworked and paid based on volume. They often delegate their responsibilities to technicians. Thus, they may not take the time required to ensure they are filling all prescriptions properly.
Pharmacy errors can be prevented with proper precautions, such as:
- Discussing medication with your doctor and pharmacist.
- Keeping track of drug names and dosages.
- Informing your doctor and pharmacist of all other medications you are taking.
- Checking to make sure the pills in the bottle are in fact the prescribed medication.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a pharmacy error or any other personal injury, contact New York and New Jersey pharmacy error attorneys Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. at (800) 529-9997 for a free consultation.