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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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