All humans make mistakes. While some mistakes don’t cause harm to people, other errors can bring great harm and danger to those affected by the mistake. In fact, human error can cause serious injuries to people—as is the case when medication errors occur at CVS pharmacies.
Common Cause of Pharmacy Errors
While some people can make a lapse in judgment, sometimes errors are made because a breakdown in procedures has occurred. When a pharmacy patient suffers an injury from receiving the wrong medication or wrong dosage, the last person who handled the prescription often gets blamed. However, there could have been many people involved in the handling of that prescription, possibly causing another reason for that error to have occurred.
For example, maybe a technician entered the wrong dosage in the computer upon receiving the patient’s prescription. Then another technician filled the order and didn’t check the original prescription. After that, a pharmacist reviewed the order and didn’t catch the mistake. What happened here is human error at its finest. However, a closer look into this scenario could determine if there was a breakdown with the pharmacy process that led to the error.
Avoid Errors by Double-, Triple-, and Quadruple-Checking
When pharmacy techs and pharmacists are rushed to fill orders and not given the proper amount of time they need to conduct double- and triple-checks on medications before handing them over to customers, they get blamed. Many times it is the CVS pharmacy management at fault for the poor systems they have in place. While it is human nature to blame a pharmacy error on “human error,” there could be an underlying cause of the accident, such as poor procedures.
We would like to remind you to be aware of the many causes of pharmacy error, and to help spread the word with others you know on Facebook or Twitter.