Reading skills matter, especially with prescriptions

Posted By John Coletti || 16-Feb-2012

How many of you carefully check the labels on your prescription medication bottles when you get them from the pharmacy? Would you have noticed if you got Hydroxyzine instead of Hydralazine, and would you have known which one you actually needed?

An elderly woman in Louisville, Kentucky, may have died because she received the wrong medication at her Walgreens. She suffered from high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and kidney failure. She was filling her prescription for a high blood pressure medication, Hydralazine, but the pharmacy made an error and gave her an antihistamine called Hydroxyzine. She allegedly did not receive any counseling from the pharmacist.

After two weeks of being off of blood pressure medication, the patient received the correct medication. She was soon hospitalized and died, however, and her family blames the pharmacy. It has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Walgreens.

For more on this story, see this article, and be sure to double-check your prescriptions!

Categories: Patient Care