For most people, dropping a new prescription off at the pharmacy is simply one more thing to add to a laundry list of things to do for the day. When the prescription is actually picked up, it will likely not receive more than a quick look-over to see what the label states as far as dosage and treatment length. Unfortunately, what is printed on the label of medication is not always correct.
When a label contains false information or errors, it is a form of pharmacy error called incorrect labeling. Every year, thousands of people suffer greatly from incorrect labeling. If you or someone you love has been a victim of incorrect labeling and wish to pursue justice, contact the Iowa medical malpractice attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 705-0233.
Typical Mislabeling Errors
Mislabeling, like other forms of pharmacy error, can result in relatively minor problems or it can result in consequences as severe as coma or death. Some common errors include;
- Switched labels: A label printed for a completely different medication is accidentally affixed to another medication.
- Overfilled prescriptions: A pharmacist or pharmacy aid misread the number count on a prescription.
- Errors in dosage: The dosage is misread or a decimal point is misplaced, leading to the patient taking the wrong amount of the medication.
Labeling errors can result in overdose, under-dose, or other dangerous problems. They should never be taken lightly.