The fact that you asked this question means that you are headed in the right direction. The Institute of Medicine compiled a fact sheet in July 2006 with suggestions on how to avoid medication errors in a variety of settings. Here are the suggestions regarding out-of-hospital prescription use.

Personal/Home Care

  • Keep a current list of all the products you are taking, such as prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and vitamin and mineral supplements.
  • Show the list to each doctor you visit so he or she can review it.
  • Make sure you know where to find information about your medications should you have questions.

Ambulatory Care/Outpatient Clinic

  • Have the prescribing physician either write down or provide printed material including the name of the medication (both brand name and generic, if available), the purpose, dosage, and frequency.
  • Ask the prescriber to explain correct use of the medication.
  • Find out from the prescriber if there are any side effects and what to do if you experience them.

Pharmacy

  • Check the name of the drug and directions for use against what your prescribing doctor wrote down.
  • Have the pharmacist review your list of medications.
  • Ask the pharmacist any questions you have about the drug you are taking.
  • Request written information about the drug.

Prescriptions are supposed to improve your health, not ruin it. If your health has been damaged by a medication mistake in Kentucky, contact the Louisville medication error lawyers at Gray and White Law and set up a FREE, no-obligation consultation. Call us at 502-210-8942 or toll free at 888-450-4456.

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