News outlets are reporting today that a pharmacy in Denver mistakenly filled a pregnant woman’s prescription with methotrexate, which is a chemotherapy drug that is also used for early-stage pregnancy termination. There is now a chance that she might lose her unborn child.
Unfortunately, as we’ve blogged about before, pharmacy mix-ups are much more common than you might realize. In fact, our firm has represented multiple plaintiffs in cases involving serious medication errors by national pharmacy chains.
To be safe, you should always take steps to protect yourself. Resolve to be a responsible partner in your own healthcare, and communicate with your pharmacist and other healthcare providers. Ask questions if necessary, and stay vigilant about your medications. Know what your pills are supposed to look like, and what your dosage is supposed to be.
For all new medications or medications you are not familiar with, be sure to utilize helpful online “pill identification” tools to confirm that you are taking the right pills. You can find links on our Blog site by clicking here.