Pharmacy Mix-Ups No Surprise to Area Woman

She went to fill her husband's prescription, but came away with birth control pills. New research linking 1400 commonly used drugs to U.S. pharmacy mix-ups is no surprise to this area woman.

While she says she thought the mistake was funny at the time, she insists taking the wrong medicine is no laughing matter. "Maria" remembers something seemed not quite right when she went to pick up her husband's ulcer medication. "I get out the store and I looked at it and I said this is wrong, this is birth control pills," says Maria.

It happened years ago, but made Maria more vigilant about prescriptions. "I thought this has to happen many times, I'm sure it happened many times. And now with the medicines sounding so close," says Maria.  Sounding so close, or looking so close is what one pharmaceutical authority now blames for thousands of medication mistakes nationwide.

One Amarillo pharmacist says combine that with illegible penmanship on prescriptions, and you have a recipe for errors. "That's very common. It's every day. It's not just something that's every once in a while, it's every day," says Dick Storseth. He says his medications are at least triple-checked for accuracy before a patient takes them home.

Storseth stresses you should never take medicine if you're unsure you have the right one. And when in doubt, call your pharmacy.