We have complete trust that our pharmacist fills our prescriptions correctly. However, pharmacists make mistakes and these mistakes can cause injury. We had a client who had a prescription filled at a big box pharmacy and he took the medication as directed. After four days of taking the medication as directed, his blood pressure became dangerously high resulting in him being hospitalized.
After being discharged from the hospital, our client’s wife examined his medication more closely and looked up the pill online. What she discovered was that instead of receiving the medication prescribed by the doctor, it was a different medication altogether.
In investigating the case, we learned the pharmacist had gotten our client’s and another patient’s prescriptions mixed up and mis-filled our client’s prescription which caused his dangerously high blood pressure.
This can happen to you. First and foremost, check your prescription bottle to make sure it indicates the medication you were prescribed. If it is a medication that you have taken previously and the pill looks different, question your pharmacist. If it is the first time you are taking the medication, we recommend you always read the information provided with the prescription which typically includes a description of the pill. The description and the actual pill should match. If no description is included in the information, you can go to www.drugs.com and enter the drug name. It will provide you with a picture of the pill and what it is used to treat. You can also enter a description of the pill and it will tell you what it is.
If you have received a mis-filled prescription which resulted in you being injured, contact us for help at Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C.