You’ve probably heard words like “efficiency” and “productivity” from your boss. Maybe you’ve even stayed late at work to get a project done, or skipped lunch to catch up on emails.
Unfortunately, overworked staff members are more likely to make mistakes when stressed--and if one of these staff members is a pharmacist, those mistakes can cost lives.
Here are just a few ways chain pharmacies are putting patients at risk of prescription drug injuries:
- More prescriptions, fewer pharmacists. Medication use is on the rise, but it seems pharmacies are being staffed with ever-shrinking workforces. After an infant suffered a five-fold antibiotic overdose, the state pharmacy board reprimanded a CVS location for filling prescriptions "at such a rate as to pose a danger to the public health or safety”.
- Increased dependence on technicians. In an effort to save money, Walgreens and CVS will often opt to hire pharmacy techs instead of additional pharmacists. These techs are paid less than pharmacists and can take on many of the day-to-day tasks, such as processing and packaging medications. However, they also receive less training, and although pharmacists are required to verify each prescription, they often overlook technician errors.
- "Speed above safety." After a Massachusetts investigation found that 62 drug errors were linked to a rushed work environment, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices urged CVS to review whether the policies place "speed above safety".
The board-certified drug injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges want you to know that you do not have to suffer a pharmaceutical injury alone. By filing a wrong medication lawsuit against your pharmacy, you can prevent these mistakes from happening again--as well as get the settlement you need for your medical costs and time off of work.
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