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How Baby Boomers Can Prevent Being Victims of Prescription Drug Errors at CVS Pharmacies

Galvin B. Kennedy
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Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing personal injury, pharmacy error, and overtime law

Did you know that CVS Caremark Corp is one of the largest chain pharmacies and one of the largest public companies in the United States? In fact, over a billion prescriptions are filled at CVS pharmacies every year throughout this nation. With the high volume of prescriptions being filled at a CVS pharmacy, the reality is that many people will receive the wrong medications.

When customers receive an incorrect medication—even if it’s the wrong dosage of the right drug—they can suffer adverse health effects. Unfortunately, the outcome of pharmacy negligence can be serious and even fatal. What’s sad is that pharmacy errors have increased over the years, and experts believe the prescription drug error problem will continue to get worse as Baby Boomers age and continue to be prescribed more prescription medications.

Some of the Common Pharmacy Mistakes CVS Pharmacists Make

  • Mixing-up look-alike or sound-alike drugs
  • Misreading prescriptions
  • Dispensing the wrong dosage
  • Filling the wrong medication
  • Ignoring potential drug interactions with current medications
  • Failing to look for drug allergies
  • Not providing counseling

Most Baby Boomers take at least one prescription medication, and many take multiple prescriptions for their health. As this generation continues to age, they will rely on more medications, and pharmacies like CVS will continue to become overwhelmed with prescriptions. Currently, many CVS pharmacies do not have enough staff to handle the high volume of prescriptions, and many pharmacies are replacing valuable pharmacists with pharmacy techs who have less training and experience.

Things You Can Do That Will Help Prevent a Pharmacy Mistake

When pharmacy techs and pharmacists are constantly busy filling medication, taking phone calls, and dealing with the pharmacy drive thru, pharmacy mistakes can and do happen. Because it is a reality that prescription errors occur, here are some things Baby Boomers and all generations can do to avoid being a victim of a pharmacy mistake:

  • Write down the drug name when your doctor prescribes it to you (get the brand name and the generic name)
  • Write down the dosage your doctor prescribed
  • When picking up your prescription, request a pharmacist consultation
  • Check the label to ensure your name and information is correct and that you don’t have someone else’s medication
  • Read the drug name and dosage on the label to confirm it is what your doctor prescribed
  • Open the bottle and look at the pills and compare it to the prescription insert information
  • Always walk inside; don’t use the drive thru pharmacy window

Remember, you can help prevent a medication error by taking the proper precautions listed above. Please share this article with your friends and family on Facebook to help prevent others from being a victim of pharmacy malpractice.