It is very important for pharmacies to act properly when it comes to filling prescriptions. This includes making sure that any prescriptions that they fill are filled in the correct dosage.
Dosage errors when it comes to prescription medications can cause great harm to an individual. Dosage errors can sometimes even put a person’s life at risk. Thus, one hopes that all pharmacies and pharmacists make sure to not engage in negligence which could cause dosage errors or other harmful prescription errors to occur.
Recently, a case has arisen regarding an alleged dosage error. The case involves a pharmacy in Illinois.
Reportedly, in July 2012, the parents of a minor child went to the pharmacy to get a prescription filled for the child. The prescription was for the medication Dapsone. The child’s parents allege that the prescription was mistakenly filled with pills that were four times the dosage of the pills the prescription was supposed to be filled with.
The minor child reportedly took these too-high-of-dosage pills for a week. The child’s parents claim that taking too high of a dose of the medication caused the child to face life-threatening complications and has had a variety of other significant negative impacts on the child.
In connection to these allegations, a lawsuit has been brought in a court in Illinois against the pharmacy and a pharmacist by the child’s parents. Damages are being sought in this lawsuit. One wonders what will happen in this prescription negligence case and how it will ultimately be resolved.
Source: The Madison-St. Clair Record, “Pharmacy accused of quadrupling dosage,” Kelly Holleran, April 23, 2013