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Protecting yourself against dangerous prescription errors

| Jan 13, 2018 | Failure to Diagnose

If you have been prescribed a medication to help treat your symptoms, chances are you trust your doctor’s judgment and immediately go to pick up your prescription. While it is implied that you can trust your doctor’s advice, education and experience, there are times when doctors make mistakes. Prescription errors for example can negatively compromise your physical health and in serious cases cause extended injury and pain. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, we have helped many people in New York to understand how medical malpractice could potentially affect them. 

According to verywell.com, there are several proactive steps you can take to guarantee that the medication you have been prescribed is appropriate for your needs and symptoms. Some of the things you can do include the following:

  • Always use the same pharmacy. Once you have ordered a prescription from a pharmacy once, it will be listed in your records. Using the same pharmacy each time will reduce the chance that errors will occur. 
  • Make sure you understand the purpose of the prescription. Ask your doctor to explain potential side effects, what problems the prescription should address and how to properly take the medicine. 
  • Keep your medications in the bottles or boxes that they came in so you can avoid mix-ups. Additionally, make sure you take your prescriptions in the light because taking them in the dark increases your risk of taking the wrong thing. 
  • Guarantee that the writing on the prescription your doctor fills out is legible and includes the proper dosages discussed so the information is accurately transferred to your pharmacy. 

By incorporating these actions whenever you need to have a prescription filled, you can better protect yourself and reduce your chances of falling victim to a prescription error. For more information about doctor errors, visit our web page.  

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