Fortunately, experts believe that children who mistakenly took tamoxifen are in no danger. This mix-up, however, demonstrates the potential danger of pharmacy and medication errors. Many pharmacies – particularly chain pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens – use non-pharmacists to help fill prescriptions, which increases the risk of simple errors like the one in New Jersey. Furthermore, although many name-brand prescription drugs have unique shapes, sizes and colors, most generic drugs differ in appearance very slightly, rendering them nearly indistinguishable from one another.

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The consequences of a simple pharmacy mix-up can be deadly. A patient who takes the incorrect medication may risk an allergic reaction or a life threatening interaction with his other prescription medications. Pharmacies do have procedures in place to help prevent these problems, but these procedures are not always effective.

An Attorney Can Help

If you or someone you love has suffered severe injury due to a medication error, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can assess your case and help you get the compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering you deserve. For more information, contact an attorney today.

Source:, “New Jersey CVS store mixes up child drug with breast cancer pill.”

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