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Dangerous and Defective Drugs If you put your trust in a pharmaceutical company and were hurt by their product, you deserve compensation for your suffering.
Wrong Medication Did you receive the wrong medication or incorrect prescription from a pharmacy? If you have suffered because of a medication error please call us for a free case review.
Wrong Dosage Common forms of medication error: incorrect dosage error. Order our free book to learn how to protect yourself and your family from wrong dosage errors.
Other Errors Order our free book, "How to Make Pharmacies Pay for your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors, to learn your rights in prescription error cases.
Kids Rx Errors Order a free copy of The Top 10 Tips to Protect Your Children Against Pharmacy Errors. If you have suffered a prescription error contact our firm today.
Pharmacy Malpractice If you have suffered an injury because a pharmacy dispensed the wrong medication or made an error with your prescription, you are able to file a claim for negligence or malpractice and receive the compensation you deserve.
Walgreens Pharmacy Error Claims There have been numerous claims brought against Walgreens for pharmacy errors or prescription errors. Order our free book to learn how to take action.
CVS Pharmacy Error Claims If you've been injured because of a CVS Pharmacy prescription error, call us for help with your lawsuit at 888-526-7616.
State Pharmacy Boards If you have been severely injured because of a medication error, contact board-certified attorneys immediately to investigate your case free of charge.
Drug & Pharmacy Error Prevention Filing a pharmacy error lawsuit is the only way to make pharmacies take accountability for mistakes. Call our board certified attorneys for a free case review.
State Pharmacy Laws State laws on pharmacy malpractice. Learn the pharmacy error Statute of Limitation laws that apply to your state. Call 877-342-2020 for a free consultation.

I see a lot of young people working at my local CVS pharmacy, which concerns me. Is it legal for them to be working in a pharmacy?

How often have you picked up your prescription from the local pharmacy and noticed that the person behind the counter looked barely old enough to drive? Do you wondered if the apprehension you feel when accepting your medication from a teenager should be dismissed as ageism…or is it a legitimate concern?

Well, you’re not alone in these thoughts. Hundreds of pharmacies, including CVS and Walgreens, employ workers as young as seventeen to work behind the pharmacy counter. This employment decision helps supply work opportunities for teenagers while also helping pharmacies keep costs down—younger workers are often paid less than career pharmacists. However, is it wise to trust inexperienced, young adults with prescription medications?

Legitimacy of Teenage Interns, Trainees, and Pharmacy Technicians

Many high schools and vocational colleges have job training programs that work with pharmacy chains like Walgreens and CVS. These programs allow young students to hold part-time pharmacy positions while giving them the opportunity to shadow pharmacists and learn more about the job. Some of the “training program” highlights include:

  • Learning how to maintain a professional rapport with patients.
  • Learning about cashiering and customer service.
  • Learning how to notify patients of prescription changes.
  • Learning about different types of medications.
  • Learning how to dispense medications.
  • Learning about various drug interactions.
  • Learning how prescription insurance works and how to bill.
  • Learning how to counsel patients about their medications.

If you see a high school student working at your local pharmacy, he is most likely an intern or cashier. However, some pharmacies hire teenagers and train them to become actual pharmacy technicians. Because more and more drugstore chains are relying on pharmacy technicians to fill prescriptions—again, it’s cheaper to pay technicians rather than actual pharmacists—teenagers may be the ones dispensing your medicine.

Risks of Pharmaceutical Inexperience

While pharmacies typically have double and even triple-check processes in place, pharmacists may not always catch mistakes that young pharmacy technicians have made. Sadly, these pharmacy errors can be serious when inexperience and immaturity cause:

  • The incorrect medication to be dispensed.
  • Incorrect dosages to be calculated.
  • Incorrect medical equipment to be distributed.
  • Incorrect medical advice to be given.

Any of these can cause the customer to experience dangerous—sometimes life-threatening—consequences.

We Can Help You Find the Best Available Recovery After a Prescription Error

If you have suffered the results of a medication mistake, call our pharmacy error law firm at 888-526-7616. We’ll provide you with a highly experienced and complimentary consultation, where we’ll discuss your case and your claim options. Don’t let a prescription mistake affect your future.

Let us use our extensive skills to help you get the compensation you need for your recovery. Call now!

Gabriel Assaad
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Partner and attorney at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing personal injury, medical malpractice & product liability