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When Pharmacists Decide What’s Right for You, it Can Be Wrong

David W. Hodges
Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing pharmacy error, medical malpractice and personal injury law
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Have you ever been to a CVS pharmacy and received a different prescription than what the doctor wrote? Sometimes pharmacists get medication names mixed up, don’t read the prescription name carefully, and fill the wrong prescription. This can be very dangerous, as many people are unaware and take the drug not knowing they have received the wrong medication.

However, what about pharmacists who purposely fill a different drug than what the doctor wrote? When pharmacists fill the generic drug instead of the brand name medication, they are assuming that the patient won’t experience any health effects from the generic drug. However, what if the patient wants or needs the brand name drug? How can pharmacists fill the generic instead of the name on the prescription without asking the doctor or informing the patient?

Unfortunately, this behavior happens all too often at pharmacies. For example:

  • Gwendolyn, of Walkersville, MD, wrote on a consumer affairs blog that she went to a CVS in Frederick to fill her prescription for Zestoretic 20-25. However, the pharmacy filled Lisinopril (the generic) instead of filling the name on the prescription. They didn’t check with her or her doctor before making this decision to fill the generic. She explained that her doctor writes this pharmacy a letter each year explaining that the generic drug does not work in her case, as she has severe headaches and her blood pressure goes up.
  • Veronica, of Yeadon, PA, wrote that her doctor called in Maxalt 10 mg for her migraine. She went to pick it up and noticed it was a generic brand instead of what the doctor wrote on the prescription. Because she never received the Maxalt generic before, she proceeded to read the insert to find out that the CVS pharmacist filled Hydrochlorothiazide 10mg for the brand name Maxide (which was for high blood pressure and not migraine medication).

When pharmacies decide what is right for you and fill the generic drug instead of what is on the prescription, they can jeopardize your health. If you have been harmed by a pharmacy error, please call Kennedy Hodges at 888-526-7616 for a free consultation with a skilled CVS pharmacy error lawyer.

 

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