Some prescription drugs are inherently dangerous. They have side effects that create great risks or discomforts for those who use them. Those side effects are weighed against the potential benefits of the drug by the prescribing doctor and the patient. Thus, a prescription medicine should only be taken when the potential benefits are likely to outweigh the risks. This system generally works when the right medication is prescribed, but what happens when a mistake is made? Specifically, what happens when a doctor calls in a prescription from a cell phone and the pharmacist misunderstands what is said?
Are Cell Phone Prescriptions Dangerous for Patients?
Think about what happens when you call your doctor after hours or on the weekend. Your doctor may return your call from his or her cell phone. Your doctor may not have access to your chart. Yet, your doctor may call in a prescription to the pharmacy.
Your doctor’s phone call may be hard to hear because of background noise, interference, poor connection, or a dropped call. A pharmacist may misunderstand the drug that is being prescribed or the dosage of that drug, and a patient may be given the wrong medication.
In this scenario, the patient was not informed of the risks and benefits of a particular drug because the incorrect drug was provided. The doctor or pharmacist may not even know the risks, because the wrong medication was given to the patient.
The wrong medication can be deadly. If you received the wrong prescription due to doctor or pharmacy error, we encourage you to contact our attorneys at 888-348-2616 today to discuss your potential case.
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