Chain Pharmacies Let Prescription Errors Occur Instead of Hiring Another Pharmacist
Pharmacy Lawsuits Help Prevent Pharmacy Errors from Harming Others
According to a report from USA today, Walgreens, CVS and other chain pharmacies keep one pharmacist on a 12-16 hour shift. This pharmacist oversees three or four pharmacy technicians who don't understand medical jargon or codes as well as he does, who are on the same long and busy schedule and are not paid even half as much. Pharmacists in the trenches estimate that about 300 scripts are filled in a 12-hour shift, and the pharmacist will catch 50 or more medication errors before they reach the patient.
Busy Schedules Linked to Pharmacy Malpractice
Many medication errors and pharmacy misfills are still passed on to the patient because overworked, tired and hungry employees working at an impossibly busy pace will make more mistakes. The bean-counters at chain pharmacies insist that it is not cost-effective to staff more pharmacists and more technicians to prevent medication errors. They would rather pay off the relatively small number of lawsuits that happen each year as a cost of doing business than pay an "extra" pharmacist every shift.
Pharmacy Error kils 7,000 people each year
It is estimated that 7000 people die each year due to pharmacy errors. This is more than the number of people who die from AIDS or car accidents each year in the United States. As if that weren't a shocking enough figure, it is widely believed that the numbers are much higher because pharmacy malpractice is underreported.
The sad fact is that most pharmacy errors are completely preventable. If you or someone you love has been injured because of a prescription error, order our FREE book, "How to Make Pharmacies Pay for your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors," to learn more about what you can do to fight back. You can also call our office 24/7 to start your free case review.
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