Category Archives: Medication Errors

Medication errors occur in patients when a doctor, nurse or pharmacist erroneously gives a patient a wrong prescription or wrong dose.

4 Common Pharmacy Mistakes that Can Harm Patients

Pharmacy mistakes have the potential to cause serious injuries or deaths to patients, so it is important to recognize how these errors are made. In some cases, patients or family members can prevent pharmacy mistakes with extra diligence. The following four pharmacy errors are among the most common: Mistaken handwriting: In some cases, a doctor’s poor handwriting or mistake may also cause the pharmacist to make an error. For example, a doctor writes “TID, or three times a day” on a prescription that should only be taken once a day, and the pharmacist includes this on the medication label. Dosage errors: Pharmacists may give patients the incorrect dosage. This can lead to an overdose depending on the medication. Look-alike/sound-alike drugs: Some drugs look like other drugs, and some have similar sounding names. For example, there is a case of a doctor prescribing methadone (used for opioid withdrawal) instead of methylphenidate…
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Are Some Pharmacies More Concerned with Profits Than Patient Safety?

Pharmacists are responsible for ensuring patients understand how to safely take their medications. Unfortunately, some have argued that drug store policies can make it difficult or impossible for pharmacists to converse with patients. That is because pharmacists at these stores may be understaffed and overworked. These policies may increase the risk pharmacists fail to warn patients of dangerous drug interactions. Earlier this year, a union representing CVS pharmacists claimed policies at the national chain of drug stores are putting people at risk. According to the union, CVS pharmacists are overworked and do not receive enough help with tasks. The union claimed CVS gave these pharmacists excessively long shifts with too few breaks. In addition, the union argued CVS bogged pharmacists down with superfluous tasks that made patient care more difficult. These allegations suggest pharmacists have less time to converse with patients about their treatments. Do Overworked Pharmacists Warn Patients About…
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Florida Doctor Facing 500 Years for Fake Cancer Medicine

A Florida oncologist is facing 500 years in prison for giving cancer patients fake chemotherapy drugs. Investigators with the Department of Justice claim the doctor has given patients fake cancer medicine since 2009 to defraud Medicare. According to investigators, many of the medications were from foreign countries and are not FDA approved. One of the businesses she ordered from gave her chemotherapy drugs without the key cancer-fighting ingredient. The doctor allegedly knew the drugs lacked the necessary chemicals, but gave her patients the fake medications anyways. Afterwards, while her patients were dying due to fake cancer treatments, she would file fraudulent Medicare claims. Are There Other Cases of Doctors Prescribing Fake Cancer Medicine? This is not the first time a doctor has faced charges for buying fake cancer medications from foreign suppliers. Over the last several years, there have been multiple cases of doctors purchasing non-FDA approved chemotherapy medications from…
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