Each year, more than one million people are injured when their prescriptions are incorrectly filled by pharmacies. What can you do to prevent potentially dangerous Wisconsin pharmacy errors? Here are some tips from our Green Bay personal injury attorneys:
- Keep a list of all your medications. Include prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, herbs, supplements, vitamins, and any nutrition bars or drinks that you regularly use. Show this list to your doctor and your pharmacist.
- Ask your doctor to explain why he is giving you a prescription, how you should take it, for how long you should take it, and if there are any side-effects. When you get your prescription, check that the information on the bottle matches up with what your doctor told you.
- Use one pharmacy. If all your prescriptions are on one computer, the pharmacist will be better able to alert you of dangerous drug interactions.
- Don’t get your prescriptions filled on the first of the month. The first few days of the month are the busiest for Wisconsin pharmacies. Prescription mistakes are more likely to occur when pharmacists are filling a large number of prescriptions than when they are less busy.
- Take advantage of prescription counseling. The pharmacist will alert you of any precautions you need to take, including foods to avoid while taking the medication.
- Open the medication bottle before leaving the pharmacy. Check to make sure the drug looks like it is supposed to. If you have any questions, talk to the pharmacist before taking the drug.
- Ask for a measuring device. If you are taking a liquid medicine, ask for a cup or dropper with which to measure the dosage. Never guess.
- Call your doctor immediately if you experience any unusual side effects. An unusual reaction after taking your medicine could signal you have been given the wrong drug, that you received an incorrect dosage, or that you are experiencing a dangerous drug interaction.
To discuss a Wisconsin pharmacy mistake with a Green Bay personal injury lawyer, please contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678. The initial consultation is free.