Last night my mother went to the ER because she got a severe nose bleed and couldn't get it to stop. It wasn't dripping, it was pouring to the point she kept choking on her own blood. Once she was seen she was told that she had been overdosing on Prozac. A month ago she got a prescription and has been taking the prescribed amount. 8 pills daily, 20mg pills(that's what is on the bottle). When I looked this up I found that it was WAY over the maximum dosage. We don't know if it was error of the dr or the pharmacy. We are going to check into it more after they open this morning. We have never been involved any type of "legal action", but does this warrant it? I believe she could have died. And she had been having problems for the last month.(dizziness, sleepiness, stomach problems, nausea) At the very least I thought they could pay for her ER visit. Thank you
Can you tell me the exact words on the label? I'd like to see how such a terrible mistake could have been made. If it was the dr who made the mistake the pharmacy should have picked it up and called the dr. That's their job. On the label some where the pharmacists initials who filled it should be hiding. It missed the safety check you are supposed to be able to count on. I wouldn't say a word to the pharmacy until I called a lawyer. The high dose could have done some damage to her liver too, They need to do more then pay for the er visit for sure. I haven't seen a more real reason to sue in a long time. And your Mom needs a full check up by a dr other then the one who ordered it.
Check with the Dr first, see what the original dosage and instructions were supposed to be, otherwise you will not know if the pharmacy made a mistake, or the Dr, or if there even is a mistake.
If the pharmacy is at fault, all you can do is report it to your State Board of Pharmacy, you can find them on the web.
As far as collecting money, I doubt it will happen, if they are at fault they may comp you some products, otherwise, to go to the mat with lawyers etc., against these big companies is usually fruitless, and the lawyers that take such cases get 50-80% o any money that is collected. It stinks.
Anyway, start with the Dr, have him/her contact the pharmacy. Hang on to that bottle, it's your only evidence. Let me know what comes of this. I've had three similar incidents over the years.
I spoke to my wife a little bit ago and she had already spoke with the pharmacy. It was their mistake. They misread the dr's handwriting. I spoke to a friend who is a pharmacist and she said they DEFINITELY should have called. It's a small town and a small town, family owned pharmacy. I also thought it was pretty sad that they said, "well with dr's advancing condition it's hard to read his handwriting. (That's why they should've called!). He has Parkinson's. 1. They should not have mentioned that. 2. I've known this man almost 30 yrs. I'm 34 and in very good shape. He's late 50's and kicks my butt in Crossfit. Certified crossfit instructor and very healthy other than the Parkinson's.
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