Taking The Wrong Medications Can Have Serious Consequences

April 9, 2012

Every drug and medication for sale in the U.S. is required by law to have a stated intended use and must also offer a list of side effects that someone who consumes the product may experience. When someone takes a medication without a doctor’s prescription or approval, the side effects could be devastating.

For instance, a pregnant woman from Fort Lupton, Colorado, was accidentally given a drug by a pharmacist that could have harmed her unborn child. According to Fox News, the mistake happened in early February at a Safeway pharmacy in a local shopping center.

The woman told reporters that she was six weeks pregnant when she went to pick up her prescription for antibiotics. Instead, she was mistakenly given another woman’s prescription for the drug, methotrexate, which is used in the treatment of certain cancers. The drug could potentially cause a miscarriage or the child to be born with health problems. The woman stated that she didn’t notice the mistake because her name was very similar to the woman’s name that was on the prescription.

Safeway’s public affairs director stated the company is conducting an investigation into the incident to ensure nothing like this happens again.

The Denver Personal Injury Lawyers with the McDivitt Law Firm encourage you to always examine your prescription’s label closely before taking any medication. If you have any questions or notice any discrepancies, discuss them with your pharmacist immediately.

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