Last month we reported on a story done by the CBS 11 I-Team about the many medication mistakes made by pharmacies in North Texas. Shockingly, the article revealed that over 200 pharmacy errors are annually reported to the Texas Board of Pharmacy; however, many more mistakes transpire that aren’t even reported to the Board.
After the story aired on the news, Pharmacist Bill Bradshaw contacted CBS and stated, “Any pharmacist that tells you they haven’t made mistakes would be lying to you.” According to Bradshaw, he began his career as a pharmacist in 1973 and has worked for almost every major drug store chain in North Texas. He and other pharmacists that reached out to CBS explained that the reasons medication mistakes occur often include:
- Overworked pharmacists
- Understaffed pharmacies
- Being pressured to fill more prescriptions than ever before
- Juggling immunizations, inpatient customers and drive through windows
As the I-Team followed-up on their report to explain why so many pharmacy mistakes happen, they were also informed by pharmacists that pharmacy chains should hire more help to help reduce the workload placed on pharmacists—which could ultimately reduce the amount of pharmacy errors.
In the meantime until pharmacies hire more pharmacists to lighten the load, it is essential that the public pay attention to their medications pill color, directions, label, dosage, and the name of drug to ensure their safety. Simply by taking notice and being aware of your medication, you can help reduce the chances of being a victim of a pharmacy mistake and help save your life.