According to a recent U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration investigation, Walgreens compensated pharmacy staff members in bonuses based on the number of prescriptions filled, encouraging pharmacists to fill prescriptions that were not intended to be used for legitimate medicinal purposes.
Sadly, when pharmacists are pushed to sell, sell, sell, they fill, fill, fill. This means that they are filling prescriptions fast, which can lead to medication mistakes. When pharmacists or pharmacy technicians are motivated by money to fill more prescriptions per hour, they may take shortcuts that result in errors. Additionally, if a pharmacist is asked to pump out more prescriptions per hour, he or she won’t spend as much time double checking each prescription that leaves the pharmacy – letting mistakes slip through the cracks.
Because pharmacists have been known to fill prescriptions quickly, they have been known to make the following medication mistakes:
- Wrong medication is given to a customer.
- Wrong dosage of drug is filled that can cause an overdose.
- No instructions or wrong instructions are included with the prescription.
- Labels are wrong or label instructions are not clear.
- Fraudulent prescriptions are filled for addicts.
If Walgreens pharmacies have been known to overlook fraudulent prescriptions and even given their pharmacists incentives to sell oxycodone and other addictive painkillers, what makes us think that Walgreens pharmacists cannot overlook mistakes made by pharmacy technicians or themselves? All it takes is one time that a pharmacist is not paying close attention to miss a pharmacy error, and that mistake results in a patient suffering injuries or death.
If you have been harmed by a Walgreens pharmacy error, call a skilled pharmacy malpractice lawyer at Kennedy Hodges today: 888-526-7616. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case.