Miami Beach Woman Survives Prescription Mix-up Scare

It pays to double-check what your pharmacy hands you.

A Miami Beach woman learned that lesson the hard way after she discovered, too late, that the prescription her pharmacy had given her belonged to somebody else.

It all started when the woman, who has asthma, went to her local CVS pharmacy to get her inhaler. After receiving the prescription, she brought the unopened bag back home and placed it next to her bed.

She had an asthma attack the following night and was unpleasantly surprised to discover after opening the prescription bag that she had been given somebody else’s pills instead of her inhaler. She was having a potentially deadly asthma attack and didn’t have any medication to stop it.

“I was like okay, I need to breathe and I don’t have my medication. What do I need to do?” she told CBS Miami News.

Hours later, she and her husband were able to get the inhaler from a different pharmacy location. Luckily the woman was okay, but it could have ended differently due to the pharmacy error.

“That’s pretty scary they make mistakes like that,” the woman told CBS News.

More Prescriptions, More Errors
Overworked pharmacists having to deal with ever-increasing prescription demands are relying more and more on pharmacy technicians to type in prescription data, to count pills, and to fill drug vials. In 2010, Florida joined a roster of 40 other states that require some combination of registration, certification, or training for pharmacy technicians.

It is estimated that medication errors account for at least 7,000 deaths per year in the United States.

Demanding a High Standard of Care
You rely on pharmacy professionals to get it right – and they should. If you or somebody you know has been harmed because of a pharmacy error or medication mistake on the part of medical professionals, the Florida personal injury attorneys at Farah & Farah will work with you to see that you get compensated for medical bills and other damages. Call us at (800) 533-3555 to discuss your plan of action.