When a Colorado couple switched pharmacies, their insulin medication also changed, unbeknownst to them. According to a news report, Larry Wilkinson and his wife were taking the wrong medication for weeks before realizing they didn’t receive the right insulin medication.
Eventually, Mrs. Wilkinson’s sugar levels spiked and “went up to four or five hundred,” said Mr. Wilkinson, who feared for his wife’s safety and well-being. Unfortunately, their prescription bottles were filled with the wrong medication. Now, they are looking for answers.
The mix-up occurred between Wal-Mart and Walgreens, two Grand Junction pharmacies. According to Mr. Wilkinson, they recently transferred their prescriptions from Wal-Mart to Walgreens. After the mix-up, a Wal-Mart spokesperson informed Mr. Wilkinson that the prescriptions were transferred over the phone from pharmacist to pharmacist.
The way the prescriptions were transferred raises questions. Did the Wal-Mart pharmacist read the prescription wrong? Did the Walgreen pharmacist write down the information wrong? “If you ever played the game phone, you know that after a while errors are made,” said Mr. Wilkinson.
Walgreens told officials that they are looking into the medication mix-up and should have more information about what happened. Mr. Wilkinson said he wants to know who is responsible and wants someone to admit a mistake was made that caused his wife health problems. He also said, “[w]e need to have a system that prevents prescriptions being sent to another place wrong. Someone could die.”
While the Wilkinsons wait to find out who is responsible for their prescription error, they are warning others to double check their medications to make sure they are taking the correct drugs.