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.
Hi Laura! The same thing happend to me with my pain meds, they shorted me 20 pills and then they accused me of taking them out and trying to scam them!! No way would i do that! Then guess what? The pharmacy were i get my scripts got hit by the d.e.a. because people were complaining of this issue and it turned out the dam pharmacist had been the one taken them out for himself!!! Yep they caught him and he had his pharmacy license pulled, Ha good for him.. Mickey!
You are right Laurie to check the count, and to warn others. This happens to me time and time again. I get two controlled scrips with 90 pills each, and it never fails that I am always shorted, never "longed", two to three pills in each one. I know that it is a pain to sit at the pharmacy and count pills, (especially when you don't want others to see what meds you are on), but it is important.
Thank you Laurie for making this post, so that others can see also how prevalent this problem has become.
The thing to take away from your story,Mary,is not just that it could have been a potential disaster,but that the "or was it a mistake"?is something I think more and more people ask themselves,and that sucks! Hugs,c.
Laurie 2 months ago had I walked out of the pharmacy without checking I would have been dealing with needing my script which would have looked like I needed an early fill but I just happen to look at the bottle the reason I looked was because their was a pharmacist who I had never come in contact with, So I think it's just a good idea to look and if for some reason it doesn't feel right far better to resolve the situation before it becomes a problem
Yes, Laurie, do report it, even if it is an accident at the pharmacy, it needs to be reported. When I was in moderate withdrawal at the drs office waiting to be inducted onto suboxone, my dr told me to count my suboxone when I picked them up. I have never not even once ever counted any medication at the counter and felt the pharmacist would be upset and offended, but the dr really stressed that I should. Thankfully, the pharmacist did NOT become offended or upset. She had no idea I was feeling awful physically and in withdrawal, or that I really was embarrassed to ask her to count those pills. She showed me the sealed bottle of suboxone, and helped me count them. I was pretty mortified for that to happen, but she understood and was kind. She then asked me what suboxone made you feel like and other general questions about it, not medical information, just general.
I responded, well, I am in withdrawal and had to be to take it, haven't used this before, this is my first rx for it. She said, wow, you don't look like you are in withdrawal, ugh, but I felt it. I felt like everyone knew. Anyway, it is unfortunate that many people become so dependent or addicted to opiates, that they would use their position to steal meds that don't belong to them to feed their habit, but it happens. It was my understanding that certain rx's were counted by at least 2 pharmacy workers before they were bagged up and dispensed and perhaps there really is a problem at the pharmacy you use if this has happened over and over. Good thing you caught it tho, very glad you did and yes you should report it, TODAY!!! Patti
If you are on Medicare or Medicaid-you can collect a reward for reporting this. They can say that they're short and owe you, when you catch them. If you belong to an insurance or HMO, you can report it, especially that many. Ethical pharmacies say that you're short 10 pills or how many, when you pick it up. They call you to pick up the missing pills when they come in. I would consider the places that you're talking about as unethical. Pharmacists need a state license-you can call or better yet, write the licensing board. You also can contact the local or state AMA association, and they will talk to them about it-strongly. About 2002-Walgreens was sued because they did this nationwide to save money. They mixed placebos with the meds, so sometimes you had the med and the next dose was a placebo. The special meds in capsules they reduced to 30%.
Had a profesor with a head injury, he almost died from this and was hauled away in an ambulance. He became a very rich man. He was attacked by muggers at the University of NO, and his head beat in with steel pipes-all he had was $5. Almost every hormone that the body needed was in the form of a suppliment. Wether they take drugs for illicit profit or for their own use, these people should be stripped of their clothes and hung upside down from a light pole like Mussolini.
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!!
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. -Anna :)
Thank you Laurie!! I too was shorted by half on an RX of a controlled substance. Once was given someone elses heart med by mistake as well. Very scary!! I usually count them when I get home, but perhaps counting them at the pharmacy is the best idea!! Report the dude!!! Lara xoxo
Think about it.. With all the people on Pain meds, all an unscrupulous pharmacy tech has to do, is grab one or 2 from every rx, and at the end of the day, HE/She scored a whole month rx. I had a friend who was short 6 everytime. I've been too embarassed to count , also, but I think I'm going to start
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