We’ve all waited too long at a busy pharmacy, watching the staff fill countless orders as the line behind the counter grows. What you may not realize is that the busy chain pharmacy environment increases your risk of suffering a Houston medication mistake--and pharmacists don’t like it any more than you do.
A study published in U.S. Pharmacist revealed that 82% of pharmacists believe the risk of dispensing errors is increasing, mainly due to problems with the pharmacy workplace.
Here are some of the top reasons pharmacists are making harmful prescription errors:
- Increased workload. Americans are taking more and more prescription medications every year, and the demand definitely plays a role in the number of errors. 84% of pharmacists said that high prescription volume contributed to mistakes, and 36% reported that the growing workload has negatively affected their ability to reduce errors.
- Too little staff. Many pharmacists report being frustrated by their work environment simply because they are overwhelmed by the number of orders - and retail chains refuse to hire more help. As many as 80% of surveyed employee pharmacists said that overwork and fatigue are a regular part of their jobs, and that both are likely to contribute to dispensing errors. Some said that they spend so long filling orders that they have insufficient time for counseling patients.
- Workflow issues. There are some factors causing errors that pharmacists cannot control. One of the biggest complaints among pharmacists is being interrupted during their workday. These interruptions include customers asking non-pharmaceutical questions, calling a doctor to confirm a drug or dosage because they cannot read handwriting, or unforeseen problems caused by similar drug names.
Unfortunately, these problems are not going to go away overnight. Many people will suffer needlessly before pharmacy policies change for the better - and until chain pharmacies take notice, our attorneys will continue to fight for these victims.
If someone you love has received the wrong medication, call Kennedy Hodges today at (888) 526-7616 for information on your Texas prescription drug error case. We can also send you a FREE copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors, when you click the link at the top of this page.