Earlier this month in Michigan, a teenager’s family discovered that he had been taking the wrong prescription for almost a whole month after they noticed that his mood was off and his schoolwork declining. According to a report by one local news source, the teen was prescribed medication for his ADHD that he was to take daily. However, when he went to fill the prescription, he was instead provided a generic version of Singulair, an asthma medication.
The teen’s parents noticed that he was acting off once he started taking the medication. He was “extremely feisty and bitey and moody, extremely moody, and his school work just went downhill, everything went downhill.” But the parents didn’t know what was wrong. At first, they thought that he was not getting enough of the medication, and that his dosage was off because he had grown since the dosage was last adjusted. It wasn’t until the teen’s mom looked at the bottle when she took it to get refilled that she noticed a problem.
Evidently, the bottle had the teen’s first name on it and his last initial, but it was for an entirely different patient. Making matters even more confusing, the correct address and prescription label was on the bottle. When they first filled the prescription, the teen’s mom trusted her son to take his medication as he should. In fact, he was doing fine taking it as needed until this setback.
Luckily, the teen did not have any serious adverse reaction to the improperly prescribed medication. The reaction that he was experiencing seems to have come from not getting his regularly prescribed medication. When the family contacted the Walgreen’s Pharmacy responsible for the error, they asked for the family to pay for the proper prescription after returning the wrong one.
Pharmacy Error Cases
Each year, thousands of people are seriously injured or killed as a result of pharmacy errors made at local pharmacies and hospitals. Unfortunately, with the increasing load placed on pharmacists, this pattern does not seem as though it will reverse itself anytime soon.
All pharmacists have an affirmative duty to make sure that they diligently and properly fill all prescriptions for their patients. When they fail to live up to this duty, they may be held responsible for any injuries that were caused as a result of their negligence. If you have been injured because your pharmacist misfiled your prescription, contact a dedicated pharmacy error attorney today.
Are You in Need of an Attorney?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured because your prescription was not properly filled, you may be entitled to monetary damages to help compensate you for your injuries. To learn more about how these kinds of cases are filed, and what needs to be proved in order to be successful in a pharmacy error claim, contact one of the dedicated personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC. The dedicated lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen have years of collective experience recovering for their clients in all kinds of personal injury cases, including prescription mis-fill cases. Call 410-654-3600 today to set up your free initial consultation.
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New Zealand Man Dies Due to Pharmacist’s Error, Pharmacy Error Injury Lawyer Blog, September 3, 2014.
Pharmacist Overprescribes Blood-Thinner, Causing Man to Cough Up Blood, Pharmacy Error Injury Lawyer Blog, October 9, 2014.