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  • yank.wags_chain yank.wags_chain Mar 29, 2008 12:43 AM Flag

    7000 Misfill Pharmacy Deaths per Year!

    Legal problems? I think not. USA Today has a very capable legal staff to defend the TRUTH published regarding this shamefully embarrasing pharmacy statistic! That's twice as many victims as perished in the World Trade Center terrorist attack, and it recurrs EVERY FRICKING YEAR!

    So...who is the culprit in all these consumer deaths? Could it possibly be the RETAIL CHAINS that require just one RPH tp sign
    off on your prescription before you ingest it?

    A dual RPH checkoff would seem to be a simple and cost effective solution to so many NEEDLESS PHARMACY DEATHS! It would simply require reduced pharmacy hours so TWO pharmacists could make sure during dispensing hours that you won't PERISH from what the $11/hour pharmacy tech that really filled your script "thought" it was supposed to be!

    Who wants to die?

    Not me!



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    • There shouldn't be any deaths from RX mistakes. Two pharmacists won't prevent that. They trust each other and one verifying that it really is a blue oblong pill just won't catch the errors. What we need is a chemical scan that is similar to the price scan. The technology today must be capable of analyzing the chemical composition of any pill or capsule.

      That kind scanner is probably not cheap but we will see it in our lifetimes. On the plus side, pharmacists catch 100X the errors they make. They spend more than a little time calling doctors - asking about prescriptions that should never have been written - given other drugs that the patient is taking.

      I really appreciate your response and hope you are in a better position than I to make reforms in the way we deliver health care.

      I am retired and was never a pharmacist but did work for Walgreens and sincerely believe that company wants to deliver exceptionsl health care at a price we can all afford.

      PS I owned Kuhn Big K Stores in the late 60's when they got bought out by Wal-Mart. I said who the hell is Wal-Mart and sold out. So much for my investing skills.

    • Great post Bananarug, I enjoyed reading it. The BM doesn't understand diminishing returns. He would have 4 RPhs checking off on little Susie's acne cream or Eliminate's Viagra. What a great use of limited resources.

      BM doesn't really care about misfills. It's just an opportunity for him to bash Walgreens, a company he truly hates. Why the anger? The latest reason must be his foolish move out of Wag and into DSCM at $3.11. Most people would just acknowledge the mistake, learn from it and move on. BM will take the hate and anger to his grave. And his bleeding heart liberal, everyone's a victim and the world sucks mentality probably has something to do with it as well. LOL!

    • yank.wags_chain yank.wags_chain Mar 30, 2008 10:28 AM Flag

      There are 7,000 estimated deaths per year measured against the US poulation of approximately 300 million. That equates to a seven per 300,000 person morbidity statistic.

      This statistic only deals with deaths... the most extreme measure of the impact misfills have on American consumers. The figure could only rise by a substantial multiple were it to include non-fatal consequences (altho I have no specific data to prove this inference).

      Perhaps this is precisely why USA Today would devote so much coverage in an extensive 4-part
      series to bringing the issue to the forefront.

      It is my opinion that having a single graduate pharmacist "check" each precription's content contributes to this problem. This is my opinion, and I am entitled to it. Supporting my conclusion is the fact as reported by USA Today, that the actual process of filling prescriptions is no longer performed by a pharmacist but, rather, by a relatively low-paid Technician. Having two fully trained Pharmacists check the work of a Technician seems a simple and largely superior process to the present one where so many needless deaths seem to occur.



    • yank.wags_chain yank.wags_chain Mar 29, 2008 12:50 AM Flag

      As for dual checkoffs... yes... I think Wal*Mart should adopt the very same practice.

      It's just good business not to kill off your clientele.




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