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Even Pharmacy Chick can be a error victim

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 1:38 pm on Monday, March 7, 2011

Lest you think that pharmacy errors only happen to the common folk… A couple of years ago I had my appointment with my Dr and brought in my Rx to have filled.  Tho not prohibited,  we generally do not fill our own prescriptions, unless we dont have a choice.  I handed it off to my man Friday to fill.

Occasionally I get migraines, most often in the spring and fall.  They seem to be triggered by light, so when the sun is low and hitting directly into my eyes, I get more migraines than when the sun is high overhead. Can’t explain it.

I picked up my rx, brought it home and put it in the medicine cabinet.  About 4 months later I had a headache (dont need it very often you see), and opened it up. My first thought was ” hmmm I dont remember our generic fiorinal was oval….its always been round”…further observation of the bottle showed that it had been filled for Fioricet (generic). 

I did bring it to Friday’s attention.  Was it a clinically significant error? No, but it still was an error.  He took a Rx written for one product, and filled it..and checked it …for another. 

It can happen to all of us…even to PC.

3 Comments »

Comment by Ndemrose

March 8, 2011 @ 8:23 pm

Happened to me last fall. IT’s still be worked out legally,… luckily I have liability insurance. Crap. Makes me hate myself for making the mistake but it does happen, and with our working conditions I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more often. 🙁Sorry to hear that..hope nobody was harmed!

Comment by MatchRX

March 11, 2011 @ 11:33 am

I had that happen to me once. Lucky for me I noticed just as I was about to pop the pill into my mouth. I take Janumet I was giving a higher dose that I would normally take. Not sure what would have happened had I actually taken it.

Things happen. I took it back and the Pharmacists felt terrible. No apology needed, just figure out what happened so that it doesnt happen to anyone else.

Comment by Cdn_PT

April 12, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

I did that with migraine meds once… For myself too. I accidentally filled the tablet version instead of the rapid dissolve wafer… oddly enough the tabs worked better.

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