In 2013, Anthony Gonzales was injured in a car wreck. He was prescribed cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant, for pain. In 2014, Mr. Gonzales had his prescription filled at Walgreens. According to his lawsuit, the pharmacist instead gave him Xanax, which belonged to another man with the same name. Xanax is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It has been linked to suicidal tendencies in some individuals.
One day after celebrating her 73rd birthday, Dalia Hernandez was admitted to Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas to have a gangrenous toe amputated. What was expected to be a short hospital admission turned into tragedy.
Based on the National Observational Study of Prescription Dispensing Accuracy and Safety in a 50 pharmacy test, an estimated 6.5% of all medical prescriptions are filled incorrectly to a point to be of clinical importance. The same study shows that there are roughly 4 mistakenly filled prescriptions per every 250 prescriptions filled daily. Nationally, that is an estimated 51.5 million errors occurring during the filling of 3 billion prescriptions each year.