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Hunger strike by pharmacist highlights dangerous pharmacy quotas

David W. Hodges
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Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing pharmacy error, medical malpractice and personal injury law
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One former pharmacist who was fired for "poor performance", Rahj Bhat, went on a hunger strike in July 2010 to protest the unfair and dangerous quotas pharmacies require. Medco is not going to pay much attention to this hunger strike in Tampa. Mr. Bhat is not employed by them and the publicity was so little, they could not have lost money to the crusade, however strong his moral conviction.
Pharmacy quotas lead to dangerous errors
When pharmacists are expected to work 10-14 hours a day or more, with no breaks, filling 300 or more prescriptions in a day, mistakes are going to happen. It is estimated that seven thousand people die every year because of medication errors. Patients may be victim to errors in several ways, including when they are:
  • given someone else's medicine, 
  • given the wrong dose, 
  • given the wrong medication entirely, or 
  • given a medication that has an interaction with their other prescriptions.

Much of the reason for this is the required quotas pharmacists and their technicians are forced to maintain. Quotas are unfair, not only to the pharmacists and the technicians in any kind of pharmacy, but they are also extremely dangerous to the public.
How to bring real change to this unfair, dangerous system.
One way to combat these unfair quotas is to sue pharmacies when they make medication mistakes. Pharmacy chains care about profits. If they can force a pharmacist to fill 300 or more prescriptions in a day to keep his job, they keep profits high and costs low, because technicians, who make less money and have less experience and education, do most of the work.
Real change comes when you hit these corporations where it hurts - in the pocketbook.
You have a much greater chance of fighting back and making a statement. This also helps to make the corporations change their practices and prevent the same thing from happening to others. Get legal representation if you are the victim of a pharmacy mistake. Contact our pharmacy error lawyers today at 888-526-7616 for a free case review.

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