Getting a prescription filled at a 24-hour Walgreens pharmacy may sound like a good thing, as they are convenient for those who work long hours, have a hectic life, or have developed an urgent condition and need medication—even in the middle of the night. However, it is a well-known fact that humans are built to sleep at night, which may be one of the reasons pharmacists who work night shifts are not as alert and are prone to making mistakes.
When people work overnight, they often suffer from sleep deprivation and lack the proper amount of sleep to be able to function sufficiently and safely. This means that a pharmacist may not be thinking clearly or processing things correctly. In fact, it may be easy for a pharmacist working overnight to misread a prescription, fill the wrong drug or wrong dosage, and ultimately put patients in danger.
Whether working day or night shifts, all pharmacists have the potential for making medication mistakes. For this reason, it is best to always double check your prescription at the pharmacy in front of a pharmacist. Compare the name of the prescription with the doctor’s original order. If there is a name change, ask if it is a generic version or why there is a different name on the pill bottle than what the doctor prescribed. Not only should you look at the drug name, but you should pull out the medication and read the dosage information, instructions, and look at the pills or medication.
By reviewing the medication in front of the pharmacist and taking advantage of the pharmacist consultation, pharmacy errors at Walgreens and at other pharmacies will likely be caught. However, sometimes pharmacists don’t catch their mistakes, which is why you may need to ask questions or bring up concerns if something doesn’t seem right.
If you have suffered harm due to a Walgreens pharmacy error, please contact Kennedy Hodges at 888-526-7616 to speak with a pharmacy error attorney about filing a Walgreens pharmacy claim today.