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Pharmacies err with up to 2 percent of prescription medication

If Washington, D.C. is similar to the rest of the nation, many of its residents have been prescribed drugs by their health care providers. This means that billions of people in the U.S. rely on pharmacists to provide them with their prescription medication. One woman in another state is claiming that her pharmacy failed to do that.

The woman is suing her state's CVS Pharmacy in federal court. She claims that she had a prescription for Ropinirole filled for her restless leg syndrome. When she arrived home from the pharmacy, she took three pills. She claims that at this point she began hallucinating and having terrible nightmares, and her family members say that she began speaking nonsensically.

The woman's daughter says that when she checked the pill bottle her mother had just gotten at the pharmacy, the labeling indicated that it was supposed to contain round pink tablets inscribed with the letters 'HH'. The pills inside, however, were not pink and were marked with an 'M', even though all the rest of the information on the bottle's label was correct. Because of this mix-up, the woman ended up hospitalized and put on IV fluids.

The woman and her lawyer are claiming that the pharmacy mistakenly gave the woman an anti-psychotic drug known as Risperdone, a prescription medication used in the treatment of schizophrenics. She says the ordeal was traumatic and haunting. Frighteningly, her experience is not unique. Of the almost five billion prescriptions filled in the U.S. annually, 2 percent are mistakes; this means millions of people every year may be the victim of medication errors, with varying degrees of severity. If anyone in Washington, D.C. has suffered because of a mistake made by a pharmacist, he or she may benefit from the knowledgeable counsel of an attorney with experience in pharmaceutical litigation cases.

Source: newschannel5.com, "Woman Sues Pharmacy Claiming She Was Given Wrong Pills", Nick Beres, Feb. 23, 2017

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