Wanted to share a potentially aweful situation?
- 23 Oct 2011 by LaurieShay
- panic disorder, pharmacy, prescription
I just picked up my prescriptions from the pharmacy. Ever since they shorted me once a while back, which caused me to panic because it is a controlled substance, I always check my prescriptions before I leave the pharmacy. Well, it happened again today. Bottled said quantity 60 but when I looked at it, it obviously only had 30 in the bottle. The pharmacist apologized and quickly corrected the mistake. As this particular prescription is a controlled substance, had I not noticed and ran out half way through the month, I would have been in dire straights with no recourse to prove his mistake. Or was it?
Just wanted to share this experience and word for the wise, always check your prescriptions before leaving the pharmacy.
23 Oct 2011
Excellent suggestion. It never ever occurred to me to do this! I shall be more observant in the future. Thank you!
18 Jan 2012
I work in a pharmacy and mistakes happen but it sounds like you need to go to a new pharmacy did they supply you with a 30 pills as a1 month supply or is 60 your 1 month supply? They are supposed to double count control substances and you can request that the pharmacist is to double count your medication everytime so it doesnt happen again
23 Dec 2011
Wow I never do and now deff will!
23 Oct 2011
You know that you hear about all this happening, but NEVER realize that you could be the victim. I'm especially upset about Walgreens. Makes me NEVER want to go there again. I just switched to Target because they are cheaper on EVERY medicine, even with insurance covering most of the price. They are CHEAPER! I thought that when you have insurance that everyplace is the same price... NOT SO!! So I started calling around. Target is even cheaper than Walmart, and what really threw me was that the private independent pharmacies were cheaper than CVS or Walgreens. I have been short changed pills in the past and always thought it was a mistake! Thank you for posting the telephone numbers. I think that I will call about the CVS that I have used for 15 years, and let them know!!
23 Oct 2011
I am glad you realized in time and sorted it out right away... good one!
23 Oct 2011
Laurie this happened to me b4 to I wondered if the pharmist hag an addiction and was skimping on scripts cause someone else complained as well on like you said controlled meds s I went to a new drug store no prob since. But I always cunt mistakes can be made always checking good advice thanks 4 sharing words of wisdom hpe all is well
24 Oct 2011
I have been shorted a time or two by 2-3 pills. There is a Board of Pharmacy just like there is a state Board of Medical Examiners for docs and a State board of Nursing for nurses. Google your State Board of Pharmacy and you should be able to get the contact info and how to file a complaint. It may at least start them looking at this guy. maybe it was an honest mistake if he is used to filling 30 most of the time but STILL it is a mistake! I once had a Walgreens put tramadol in a bottle labeled cyclobenzeprine and they cyclobenzeprine in the tramadol bottle. If that had been my first time on these and not recognized they were in the wrong bottles I could have been taking 1-2 cyclobezeprine 10mg every 4-6 hours!! I'd have been comatose. The tramadol wouldnt have been as bad because the directions would have been one three times a day.
Lucky for me, I had seen the pills before and knew that they got the pills in opposite bottles! My dear little grandma got Percodan (with aspirin) instead of Percocet and she was asthmatic and highly allergic to aspirin. If she had taken them she would have wound up in the hospital or dead possibly! Luckily my mom (also a nurse) caught the mistake and took them back to the pharmacy to point out the mistake. Shortly after my episode with the tramadol in the cyclobezeprine bottle and vice versa I noticed they started putting a description on the bottle of what the pill was supposed to look like so this must have been a common mistake! When they changed my OxyContin from the OCs to the OPs I marched right back into the pharmacy and told her "These dont look right" She apologized and told me that they switched the formula a bit to make them harder to misuse. She thought i had gotten them this way before. She brought out the bottle and showed me so that I knew I had the right stuff. Medical professionals are human and we do make mistakes. It is good to report something like this though as it could be easy to start down a path of a pharmacist or tech taking a few pills for themselves shorting 2-3 pills from each person and by a day or two they have a nice little supply for themselves!
27 Nov 2011
You have a right to be concerned. You pay for a 60 day supply, so you should get it. To accuse them of doing it on purpose, is very risky, not trying to take their side, but they do not like to be confronted on mistakes, whether on purpose or accident. If it happens everything, I would just check into going to another pharmacy.
17 Nov 2011
With just cause everyone should be careful my pharmary gives me somebodies other meds and the thing is that I almost took it also the Pharmacy I go to makes mistakes upon mistakes they never have my mental health meds,I think thats horrilbe to cause peopl aniexty and they never accept blame for their mistakes
24 Oct 2011
EXACT same thing happened to me last holiday season. Literally was shorted HALF my script but didn't know it till a couple days later (filled an hour away while visiting my BFF over Christmas & didn't need to open them till I returned home. Ready for this... Upon calling the pharmacy (Walgreens to be exact) & speaking to the pharmacy mgr., he literally told me that he would only replace the shortage if I presented him with a police report stating that I was 'robbed'. In other words, he wanted me to file a false police report which could have gotten ME in legal trouble. The nerve!! So like you, I also now open/count them right in front of the pharmacist before I even walk out of the store. How funny that it hasn't happened since!
Peace and much luck to you...
- Anna :)
19 Jan 2012
i got 1 extra pill today! :D
24 Oct 2011
Same happened to me! Walgreens in Barnegat NJ... didn't realize until I opened bottle upon returning to Staten Island an hour away (was visiting friend over holidays but didn't need to open refill until return home). Long story short, the managing pharmacist had the audacity to tell me "go get a police report, tell them you were robbed elsewhere, and we'll replace the difference" (which was HALF of my monthly script - the PD was literally across the street... I would have been a felon myself had I'd comply with his instructions). So for a month I had to deal with HALF my usual dosage (this past January to be exact) as I had no proof. The pharmacist told me 'if it was only 2 or 3 pills we could get away with replacement, but not 83'.
If I would have reported this to Barnegat PD, they would have treated me like nothing but a junkie - in the meantime, I am legally disabled and in constant pain due to a car accident - rear ended by someone on their cell phone doing 90+mph - and this is what I have to deal with. I know how you feel. ALWAYS do a count in front of your pharmacist no matter how uncomfortable you feel about it. I now just tell them 'it's for both our protection as I've been shorted before'.
Thanks for the sharing... now I don't feel so alone on this one. Much peace to you.
24 Oct 2011
I'm very curious what pharmacy you use. Do you use a smaller standalone place? Or one connected to a grocery or drug store like Walgreens...
Just curious! :)
5 Nov 2011
Wow, I know this was posted quite a while ago, but am amazed to see how many people were scammed with meds! Well, not really, since there are many addicts... I'm sure some are mistakes, but its unreal that we've ALL had the same thing happen! I finally found a small Pharmacy, run by an East Indian couple... the nicest people! The whole family goes here, and we get 90 day supplies, so if I tried to count nearly 1000 pills each 90 days I'd go crazy! I finally did one time, and they were all perfect! Just once, there was a mistake, and they believed me since we had all been going there for years. Its nice to have that trust built up because they always give us a couple of pills early, if we run short. There's nothing like being treated as a trustworthy person with integrity. Thx, Laurie! Jillian
25 Oct 2011
I too try to make it a point to check my prescriptions. Also a word to the wise, make sure that the prescription you have been given is yours and not some one else's prescript. I was leaving the pharmacy one day with meds in hand and for some reason I checked my bag only to find out that they had put someone else's meds in my bag. How many times do we just assume that the meds are ours and never check the label before we take them?
We are creatures of habit and we get use to taking so many medicines that we have a tendancy not to check the labels. Just a word to the wise... :-)
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