One wrong move, one mistake or one wrong decision can lead to injuries or death caused by prescription errors and medication mistakes. While almost every pharmacy has been involved in drug errors, Walgreens among other retail chain pharmacies has been behind many medication mistakes over the years mainly due to dispensing errors.
Several years ago 20/20 ran a report on Walgreen pharmacies revealing two very serious prescription errors.
- In the first situation, a baby was prescribed Phenobarbital in error and experienced seizures and brain damage as a result of the serious pharmacy error. She received $21 million as a verdict, but she cannot walk, talk or feed herself even after eight years.
- The second Walgreens pharmacy error involved a mother of school-age children who was dispensed 10mg of Coumadin instead of 1mg a day. As a result, she suffered a stroke and major disabilities.
Sadly, these situations are not unique. Many prescription errors involving Walgreens have happened since that 20/20 report. While some mistakes are pure accidents, other dispensing errors are the result of a fast-paced working environment. Many pharmacy chains push their pharmacists and technicians to fill prescriptions fast and strive for filling 350 prescriptions per shift. Unfortunately, many pharmacists who do want to take their time accurately dispensing prescriptions get poor evaluations for being slow and not meeting their prescription quotas.
Although this 20/20 report was a wake-up call to several of the retail pharmacy chains, years later it seems like many pharmacies are right back where they came from – wanting to fill as many prescriptions as possible per shift.
While we must note that the seriousness of the two dispensing errors mentioned above is rare, medication mistakes occur more often than many people think. The reason the public doesn’t hear about each and every case is because many cases are settled out of court with confidentiality restrictions. However, when a case makes it to trial, then the information becomes public.
How Can Pharmacies Reduce Errors?
Instead of demanding a certain number of prescriptions be filled, pharmacies should make sure to have enough staff on hand and pharmacists to accurately fill as many prescriptions as they can while trying to reduce dispensing errors and other medication mistakes. In addition, they should implement quality control programs and commit themselves to stopping errors rather than trying to reach a certain quota.
How Can a Pharmacy Error Attorney Help?
If you or a family member were prescribed the wrong medication or wrong dosage of drugs and were harmed in the process, an attorney can help you. Call Kennedy Hodges at 888-526-7616 for a complimentary consultation and find out what you should do and not do in order to protect your family’s interest during this time.
Also make sure you request and read a FREE copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.