It may seem like it would be a rarity that a pharmacist would make an error when it comes to someone’s medication. However, one source says that the United States makes over 30 million medication mistakes annually. Some of these mistakes could include:
- Wrong Medication – The patient could receive a completely different medication than they were intended to receive.
- Wrong Person – It is possible that a patient receives someone else’s prescription.
- Wrong Dose – Whether it is too much or too little, an incorrect dosage could be given, which can both lead to injuries, depending on the medication.
- Negligent Prescription – This is when the medication label fails to warn the patient about any possible allergic reactions, drug interactions, or side effects.
- Failure to Counsel – The pharmacist may not explain questions the patient may ask clearly and properly.
- Unclear Writing – A mistake can be made while filling or writing out the medication. This could be in the form of handwriting not be legible or mixing up similar prescription names.
What Can I do To Prevent Medication Errors?
The best way to prevent medication errors is to know your medication. Doing research before getting your medication is an excellent way to be informed. Never be afraid to ask the pharmacist questions, especially if your research produced any concerns you may have. Always read your prescription label and follow the instructions as indicated. By doing this, you will reduce the chances of being a victim of medication error.
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