The theme of American Pharmacy Month in October was “Know Your Pharmacist, Know Your Medicine”. By going to the same pharmacy for all your prescriptions and making sure you receive your consultation each time you pick up medicine, you can lower your risk of suffering a pharmacy error.
Even if you see several different doctors, it is critical to use the same pharmacy for all of your prescriptions. This way your pharmacist should have a full medication history on you when looking for possible interactions or problems.
According to the American Pharmacists Association, a person has a lower risk of taking medications incorrectly if he gets to know his pharmacist. This doesn’t mean just getting to know your pharmacist’s name or how his day is going. Have your pharmacist get to know you too. By asking your pharmacist questions about your prescriptions, vitamins, minerals and even over-the-counter medications, you may be able to avoid a harmful drug interaction.
So, the next time you are at your local Walgreens pharmacy, make sure you spend some time talking with your pharmacist by asking for a pharmacist consultation when you pick up your prescription. This will help catch visible pharmacy mistakes and put you on a path for reduced injuries related to prescription errors.
Since pharmacists are medication experts and trained to identify and manage thousands of drugs and their effects, you could have a better health outcome and less chance of suffering a drug error when you consult the pharmacist.
Even if you had your consultation session and you still suffered a medication error due to a negligent pharmacist, you may have a Walgreens pharmacy error claim. Call Kennedy Hodges, L.L.P. at 888-526-7616 for a free consultation with a skilled drug error lawyer today.