While patients who come from doctor appointments with new prescriptions in hand may want speedy turnaround times, they need to start realizing that faster prescription speeds may lead to pharmacy errors that could be harmful for their health. Some of these errors due to speedy prescription times include:
- The wrong dose could be filled, which may lead to an overdose.
- The wrong medication could be dispensed, which may cause serious consequences that could even be fatal.
- The instructions or warning labels may not have been placed on the pill bottle due to time constraints.
- Patients medications could be mixed up and given to the wrong patient due to pharmacists rushing to meet the deadline.
If patients know that these things could occur due to faster dispensing times, then the majority of patients would probably want the pharmacy staff to slow down and ensure their prescriptions are correct.
Unfortunately, it isn’t up to patients. The big corporations that run these pharmacy chains often push speedy dispensing times by guaranteeing 15-minute prescriptions. In fact, according to a U.S. Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) survey, many pharmacists indicated that guaranteed 15-minute dispensing times were a leading factor in medication errors. The survey found that 44% of pharmacists had reported a dispensing error in which they were personally involved that was directly caused by rushing to fill the prescription on time – the deadline set by their own store.
What this indicates is that the push to speed up prescription dispensing times can increase the number of pharmacy errors. While faster turnaround times mean more customers and more money for the store, it may also mean someone’s life. Pharmacies need to stop prioritizing money and speed, and instead focus on making their services better and safer.
If you suffered an injury or your loved one died due to a pharmacy error, it could have been related to the pressure pharmacists are facing from their large corporate pharmacy chains to speed up dispensing times in order to increase profits. Don’t let them get away with it. Call Kennedy Hodges L.L.P. for a free case consultation with a skilled pharmacy error lawyer at 888-526-7616 to find out if you have a case and how to protect your interests. Make sure you also request a FREE copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.