If a pharmacy made three medication mistakes in one day, you would be right to worry. You might even be tempted to take your business somewhere else.
But what if the pharmacy made three separate errors on drugs for the same patient--and that patient was you?
For a woman in Colorado, this was exactly what happened. In the space of two weeks, Firestone resident Kristi Warner suffered three different Walgreens prescription errors: once with her own prescription, and two involving her children’s medications.
Earlier this year, Warner’s local Walgreens made mistakes involving:
- Wrong pill count. Warner was prescribed one-and-a-half pills per day of her antidepressant, but the pharmacy only gave her enough for one pill a day, forcing her to go a week without her medication.
- Wrong drug. Warner picked up two prescriptions for her children the following week. Her 11-year-old son was supposed to receive a short-acting version of Ritalin; unfortunately, the pharmacy dispensed a time-release variant of the drug.
- Wrong dosage.Perhaps the most worrying error was the pharmacy’s mistake in giving Warner’s 3-year-old son a dangerous dosage of antibiotic. Warner suspected something was wrong, and when she contacted the pharmacy, they confirmed the child’s medication error: the antibiotic her son received would kill the infection, but would probably also kill all the useful bacteria in his body as well.
Although a Walgreen’s spokesman released a statement promising to investigate the cause of the errors, Warner says she’s not going to give them a chance to let the mistakes happen again.
“I’m really lucky the kids didn’t get sick. I think I’m going to be switching pharmacies from now on,” says Warner.
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