Maryland pharmacy errors occur when a patient is given a prescription drug that is flawed in some way. It may be the incorrect drug, or the incorrect dosage, or it may be that the instructions are incorrect, causing the patient to take the drug too often, not often enough, or at the incorrect times. Because prescription drugs are often powerful and dangerous if taken incorrectly, pharmacy errors can cause severe illness or injuries, especially if they are not caught for a significant period of time.
Patients can protect themselves from Maryland pharmacy errors by carefully reading the drug labels and prescription information every time they pick up a prescription. These labels not only provide important information on safe and proper medication use; they also can help the patient check for errors. For example, the information provided with the prescription often indicates what the medication looks like, by describing it as “small white pills” or “red oblong capsules.” Patients should compare this information to the actual medication they receive, to ensure there has not been a drug mix-up.
Additionally, the information included with the prescription explains how to use the drug and drug interactions. This information should be compared with instructions given by your doctor or pharmacist. If there’s a conflict, it’s safest to call your doctor or pharmacist to clarify. The information on drug reactions can also help patients avoid a common pharmacy error—doctors prescribing a medication that has an adverse interaction with another medication the patient is already taking. If you are already taking any form of medication, even if it’s over the counter, it is best practice to read the information on drug interactions provided with your prescription drug to make sure there are no problems.