One of the last things a person in Boston who is being treated for a medical condition or is simply going to pick up their medication expects to happen is to be given the wrong drug. However, it does happen quite frequently. Whether it’s an anesthesia error, a negligent pharmacist or medical errors, the aftereffects of such a mistake could range from serious injury to death.
A mistake in medication at a military pharmacy has sparked concerns that people were given the wrong prescriptions. For prescriptions filled over the course of one week, nearly 1,300 people were potentially affected by the mix-up. The pharmacy was alerted to the potential problem when a patient who had been prescribed acetaminophen received a muscle relaxant. Automated equipment is used to fill the prescriptions, but human error is believed to be a possibility in the mistakes. So far, seven mistakes have been found. The pharmacy is contacting patients who received their medicines during the time in question to make sure they weren’t given the wrong drug.
With prescriptions and anesthesia, being accurate in what is given and that it is provided in the correct amount can be the difference between life and death. Certain drugs can be deadly to people with various medical issues and if they’re given that drug by mistake, the results can be life-changing. In many circumstances, the person who was affected and the person’s family were not even aware that the mistake was made until it’s too late. There can be serious injury and fatality when this happens.
In this instance, the pharmacy dispensed the wrong medication to at least seven people and the possibility is that there were many more. Prescription medication errors might be due to a simple mistake, an improperly serviced automation process or a negligent pharmacist. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t diminish the problems that can result from it. Those who have been harmed or believe they were put at risk in a situation such as this should know their legal rights.
Source: Dayton Daily News, “Prescription errors jump to seven at base pharmacy, officials say,” Barrie Barber, May 2, 2014