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Text Message Refills and Your Prescriptions

In the wake of modern technology, there are many ways to make our lives simpler, easier, and more efficient.  One of these new ways is through the use of digitally sending requests such as prescription refills.  Some companies are offering customers, and pharmacists, the option to text in their prescriptions and refill requests.  However, sometimes the concepts that are supposed to make things easier can sometimes lead more complications. 

Issues present in texting prescriptions orders include, but are not limited to: a lack of access to a patient’s complete medical record to see if prescriptions are appropriate, issues with cell phone carrier service and accurately receiving text updates, miscommunication between providers, and text messages getting lost in the barrage of alerts, emails, and texts that fly through the average person’s cell phone.  All of these issues add up to increased opportunities for prescription error. 

Prescription error is a serious medical issue, especially when a patient receives an incorrect dose or another person’s medication on accident.  These errors can be time consuming, lead to ill health effects, and may even be life threatening.  In situations where prescription errors have led to adverse medical outcomes in you or someone you love, it may be time to take legal action.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is an Altoona, PA area lawyer that is skilled in handling prescription error cases. Call his Altoona, PA office for more information at 814-946-4100

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