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Medication Mistakes


Pharmacy errors with medication

Medication errors, which include errors in prescribing, dispensing, or providing medications, injure approximately 1.5 million people each year in the U.S.  Whether the physician mistakenly writes the prescription for the incorrect dosage or the pharmacy issues the medication to the wrong person, medication errors can be serious and life-threatening.

Some of the most common types of medication errors include:

Pharmacy Errors

In rare instances, the pharmacy may accidentally give a patient the wrong medication or the incorrect dosage.

Manufacturer Mislabeling

While the pharmacy typically adds their own label to the medication, there could be a labeling error either from the pharmacy or the manufacturer.

Hospital Equipment

In hospital or outpatient center settings, equipment may administer medications.  If the equipment isn’t functioning properly, it may be possible to incorrectly dispense the dose.

Adverse Side Effects

The Physicians and pharmacists should review any risks and potential side effects of medications with the patient prior to prescribing.  Without doing so, the patient can be at risk for adverse reactions (i.e. certain foods may reduce the effectiveness of medications.)

Allergic Reactions

If the pharmacist or physician fails to check the patient’s medical history for allergies and prescribes a medication that the patient shouldn’t have, the patient can be at risk for adverse reactions.


Some medications are known to interfere with other medications.  Physicians must inquire about all current medications before prescribing a medication, ensuring there are no known adverse reactions with other medications that the patient is currently taking.

What You Can Do

If you take medications, we urge you to take an active role in your healthcare by asking your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about the medication, how it works, potential side effects, and contraindications.  In fact, you should reconfirm the dosage and medication with the pharmacist before ever leaving the pharmacy.

Here is a list of key questions you should ask whenever you are prescribed a new medication:

  • Can you confirm the name and correct dose for this medication?
  • Can you describe the appearance (i.e. small, purple and white pill)?
  • What does the medication do and when can I expect to see results?
  • What is the dose? What if I miss a dose or take too much?
  • What are potential side effects? Are there any counterindications with my other medications?
  • Are there any foods or activities I should avoid while taking this medication?

What should you do if you or a loved one is harmed from a medication mistake?

If you believe you or a loved one suffered from a medication error, seek medical attention first.  Then, take pictures of the medication, labels, and information related to the medication that may be helpful to build a case.  Next, contact a reputable personal injury attorney with experience handling medication error (medical malpractice) cases.

If the medication manufacturer, pharmacy, or prescribing physician is found to be negligent, the injured individual may receive fair compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, physical disability, or lost income that was a result of the medication mistake.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

Florida Laws on Carbon Monoxide Safety and Alarms


According to Florida Statute 553.885, every separate building or addition to an existing building, which has:

  • a fossil-fuel-burning heater or appliance,
  • a fireplace,
  • an attached garage, or
  • other feature, fixture, or element

that emits carbon monoxide as a byproduct of combustion shall have an approved operational carbon monoxide alarm installed within 10 feet of each room used for sleeping purposes in the new building or addition. This statute also includes special rules for hospitals and similar buildings such as, an inpatient hospice facility or a nursing home facility licensed by the Agency for Health Care Administration.
In order to satisfy the requirements of this Florida statute, a hard-wired or battery-powered carbon monoxide alarm or combined carbon monoxide and smoke alarm, must be installed. A carbon monoxide alarm is defined as, “a device that is meant for the purpose of detecting carbon monoxide, that produces a distinct audible alarm, and that meets the requirements of and is approved by the Florida Building Commission.” Fossil fuel is defined as, “coal, kerosene, oil, fuel gases, or other petroleum or hydrocarbon product that emits carbon monoxide as a by-product of combustion.”
Florida Statute 509.211 covers the safety regulations regarding carbon monoxide.
What is Carbon Monoxide?
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, carbon monoxide is a deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. It is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels, including coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane, and natural gas. Product and equipment powered by internal combustion engines such as:

  • portable generators,
  • cars,
  • lawn mowers, and
  • power washers

also produce carbon monoxide.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is not something to be taken lightly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that every year, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning. In addition, more than 20,000 people visit the emergency room, and over 4,000 people are eventually hospitalized because of carbon monoxide poisoning.
People most at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning are:

  • people who are 65 and older (fatality is the highest among this group of Americans),
  • unborn babies,
  • infants,
  • people with chronic heart disease,
  • people with anemia, and
  • people with respiratory problems

Symptoms of Low to Moderate Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:

  • headache
  • fatigue
  • shortness of breath
  • nausea
  • dizziness

Symptoms of High Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:

  • mental confusion
  • vomiting
  • loss of muscular coordination
  • loss of consciousness
  • ultimately death

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and/or suspect that you or a loved one has carbon monoxide poisoning, call 911 immediately!

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