Odds are you've probably pulled away from a drive-thru window without ever once making eye contact with the person who served you.But if you are the victim of a prescription error, that person may have been your pharmacist.
Get compensated for your pharmaceutical injury-order our FREE book: How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.In a recent study, Ohio State researchers found that pharmacists are more likely to experience dispensing errors at drive-through locations.
Pharmacists were asked to rate potential dangers to their patients on a scale of 1 to 5. According to the survey, the following drive-thru details averaged a 3.7 score:
- is the biggest cause for pharmacy staff to take extra steps
- reduces overall efficiency
- causes delays in medication processing
The study reveals that pharmacists themselves believe that drive-thru service causes unnecessary distractions, since the drive-thru window is often located in an area convenient for cars, and not necessarily convenient for pharmacy staff. This added need for multi-tasking often leads to cognitive errors, such as miscounted pills and switched prescriptions.
Patients should always check their prescription medications at the pharmacy-especially if they were picked up from the drive-thru window.
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