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How can you protect yourself against a serious pharmacist error?

When you and other Schenectady residents pick up a prescription from your local pharmacy, you should be able to trust that your medication has been prepared correctly and includes instructions that ensure you take the proper dose. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are only human, and can easily make a simple mistake that might put your health or life at risk.

ABC News states that billions of prescriptions are filled each year. Some are not filled correctly, and patients unwittingly take medication in unsafe doses or are even given the wrong drug. A printing error can result in instructions telling you to take a higher dose than your doctor prescribed, or you may not have been offered a consultation by your pharmacist before you took your medicine home. You might also suffer an adverse reaction from another drug you are taking, which your pharmacist did not know about.

There are steps to take that may reduce your risk of suffering from a pharmacy error. The first one begins before you leave your doctor’s office. When your physician is filling out your prescription, ask about your dosage information so you are clear about what you are taking, how much and how often. At the pharmacy, ask to speak with your pharmacist about dosage instructions and confirm the information you learned at the doctor’s office. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about any medication you are taking, including over-the-counter pills and natural supplements. Any type of drug may potentially react poorly with a prescription medication and cause serious complications. It may also be a good idea to research your prescription online for possible side effects that your pharmacist might have neglected to mention.

When it comes to your health, it is important to be proactive and educated about your treatment, including the medication you are prescribed.

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