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Why you should ALWAYS check your prescriptions before taking them.... (Take a Poll)

submitted on June 20, 2014 by HouTex in "Stores / Merchants"

Two cases of pharmacy errors occured recently in Houston, Texas - one was thankfully not harmful, while the second had a terrible outcome. These mistakes can occur because a high (and growing) volume of prescriptions have to be filled in a short amount of time.

A mother received medication for her 8-month-old daughter's cough and cold that turned out to be adult-strength codeine. Fortunately, the mistake was discovered within 2 days and the child is OK.

But in the second case, a man received ear drops instead of his eye medication. The label and verbal instructions he received were to put the drops in his eye, but as a result he's now blind in one eye.

Here's a link where you can identify your pills by their shape, color, and markings to be sure they are the right ones -
In the left margin of that page, there are other helpful links about drugs and interactions.

Here are 3 more useful links for prescription and Over-The-Counter medication -
1. Do you double-check your prescriptions before taking them?
 Yes, always have.
 No, but I will start checking them.
2. Have you ever gotten the wrong medication from your pharmacy?
 No, thank goodness.
 Yes, it has happened to me.
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    Posted by sandyshore on June 20, 2014
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    Doesn't surprise me, it is sad though that the outcome was so devastating.

    I have had a problem with my prescriptions before twice, once was no big deal -- it was a name issue where my name matched another customer. They wound up putting markings on our accounts for future reference to verify addresses. That time it was just a coincidence we had refills on the same day for pick up.

    The one time I ordered two prescription refills, when I picked up only one medication was in the two bottles. The medication placed in both refills were a blood pressure medication. That time it was a big deal, had it been a new medication and I hadn't known what the pills should have looked like it would have been bad. I went back into the pharmacy it was not a pleasant conversation. They did hold a training session after my complaint. My trust level has drastically changed.

    I will tell you any new prescription medications I receive I go online and check the information available on the medication, how it should look and verify the name prior to taking.
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    Posted by clover on June 20, 2014 [reply] 0 0
    Can't vote but would if there was an NA. I worry about my Parents who both take many prescriptions.
    • clover
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      Posted by clover on June 21, 2014 [reply] 0 0
      I "voted" on what I took many years ago. There have been stories on the news here in Orlando about people given the wrong prescriptions.

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