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Woman mistakenly given prescription medication at 10x normal dose

Most people wouldn't be able to tell the difference between two completely different types of medication at a glance, let alone whether the pills they were taking as prescribed were of a different dosage than usual. For this reason, residents of Washington, D.C. rely on their pharmacists to be conscientious when it comes to filling their prescriptions, because when it comes to prescription medication, even "small" pharmaceutical errors can prove devastating if not fatal. A woman in another state saw firsthand just how dangerous such mistakes can be.

Almost two years ago, the woman's local CVS pharmacy apparently filled her prescription incorrectly, with the right medication but at a dose 10 times what had been prescribed. Her normal dosage was for 10 mg of the medication, and instead, the pharmacy filled it with 100 mg per dose, she claims. Because of this, the woman recently filed a lawsuit against the pharmacy.

The complaint claims that, as a result of the pharmacy's error, the woman suffered permanent and severe injury. Because of the medication mistake, she subsequently has been required to spend a great deal of money on medical treatment and services. The lawsuit against CVS claims that the pharmacy was negligent when it filled the woman's prescription incorrectly, failing to check that she had received the proper medication dosage.

Frighteningly, over 1.5 million people annually are victims of pharmaceutical errors. While many of the resulting injuries are mild, more people die every year from errors made with their prescription medication than from on-the-job injuries. Anyone in the Washington, D.C. area who has experienced serious injury from pharmaceutical errors may benefit from discussing the situation with an experienced attorney; victims may be entitled to compensation and justice for their suffering.

Source: NBC Chicago, "Woman Sues CVS After Getting Incorrect Dosage for Prescription", April 7, 2017

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