A closer look
Before you leave the
Read the drug label to make sure the prescription is
drug store, get the facts.
yours and matches the one written by your provider.
A double take
There are checks and balances to prevent prescription errors, but slip ups can occur.
Take a second look to make sure you get the right medicine.
Although the packaging is similar, these drugs are very different. The medicine on the left treats seizures and nerve pain, while the medicine on the right is for high cholesterol.
The doctor ordered medicine for attention deficit disorder, but because of illegible handwriting, the prescription was filled for methadone, a medication for the treatment of narcotic withdrawal and dependence. That is why you should always ask the pharmacist what the medicine is for.
Can’t judge a book by its cover
These three medicines are actually the same — they all are prescribed for manic-depression and seizure disorders. However, the looks of drugs can differ by the company that manufactures them. If you’re used to getting the pink pill but get salmon instead, just confirm the identity of the pill with the pharmacist.