When your doctor prescribes a certain medication, you might be concerned with the side effects of the drug, or you may just be concerned with getting to the pharmacy and picking up your prescription as quickly as possible in order to get back to work or back home. In fact, you may have so many other things on your mind that you might not be wondering who will have a hand in filling your prescription at the pharmacy…but you should.
Pharmacy Technicians and How They Affect Your Prescription
It may come as a shock to you, but pharmacists at Texas CVS pharmacies and other retail pharmacy stores aren’t the only ones dispensing prescriptions. In fact, a pharmacy technician probably filled your prescription. The reason? Pharmacies like CVS employ more technicians than pharmacists in order to control costs and save money. They know that technicians can fill prescriptions and have pharmacists check each prescription for error.
Some pharmacies fill hundreds of prescriptions a day, keeping pharmacy techs and pharmacists very busy. Unfortunately, pharmacists have to review many prescriptions every single hour, which means they might not be giving each prescription the necessary time to review in order to catch an error that a technician made. While technicians have had to complete some training, they don’t have as much training or experience as pharmacists. This means they have a higher chance of making a medication mistake than a pharmacist.
Avoid Errors by Speaking to an Actual Pharmacist
Because technicians might get confused with sound-alike and look-alike medications, might not be aware of a drug interaction, or might ignore a computer drug warning, it is critical that all CVS pharmacy patients ask for a consultation with a pharmacist to review their medications before leaving the pharmacy.
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