WAG has been sloppy! They filled my wife's prescription at the Walgreens on Roosevelt and Ridgeland in Oak Park, IL, 3 times wrong. This was after warning them each time and after returning the medications 3 times. My wife has kidney damage from toxicity, so I wonder if they misfilled the prescriptions when we did not catch it! All failures were overdosed and could have cause hospital stays of up to about 30 days! We may have a basis to "sue the crap out of WAG now." They acknowledged the error at least once, and I received a letter of apology. But what about the people who did not detect an error? Are they now homeless after spending $1,000 per day in the hospital!
What about PPA in cough syrup? Walgreens was clever in making "knockoffs" with PPA. Lawyers are now gathering information to SUE - for real. Come on, PPA has caused strokes. Maybe WAG was too clever. Maybe they should unintegrate some of their operations and spin off drugs mfg.
Yeah, WAG is cute in selling candy and making big bucks on cigarettes (and liquor previously). The alcoholics lined up to buy - until better deals happened at other stores. Even the local Jewel Foodstore sells it now.
So, that got to change and meet the competition! Sell WAG and buy CVS, it makes sense [alternative action analysis in business school].
News Flash!!!!! CVS misfills prescriptions, too! All Pharmacists do.
And PPA was around for many, many, many years in brand name and house name products everywhere. You're gonna tell me that CVS doesn't have a house brand?
I know this guy pmcmurrell. Nobody misfilled his wife's prescription because he's not even married. He's making all this up to try to get the smallbrains to sell their Wag stock.
Hey C.K., you've been MADE.
I know the Pharmacy Mgr at the store you supposedly trade at. He knows nothing about your ficticious claims.
I feel pretty stupid for even asking him now that I read your post again. You can't even make your made-up story sound convincing.
"3 times wrong .....after returning the medication 3 times." Wouldn't that be 6 times genius?
"I wonder how many times we didn't catch it"
Huh? Lets see, you caught it 6 times and kept going back to the same pharmacy but you don't know how many times you didn't catch it?
Do you know that people have been sued for posting this type of material? Ask Yahoo.
What about the "clever knockoffs"? Again, you show your complete ignorance. Walgreens Labs have been closed for years.
All the PPA products, including CVS's "clever knockoffs" were pulled off the shelves by the same recall.
"Lawyers are gathering information to sue"
What lawyers? What information? What are you talking about?
As for the cigarette and liquor paragraph, it sounds like you just ran out of imagination right there at the end. This paragraph has no point. Are you against Wags selling liquor? Or perhaps you're against CVS selling liquor. Or maybe CVS shouldn't sell cigarettes, is that it?
Which business school did you attend? What years?
I would like to get your opinion on all the lawsuits that CVS is being bombarded with. Actual lawsuits, not made-up ones like you're talking about. Do you have the intelligence to tell us what you think about these very important matters? How do you think all these REAL lawsuits are affecting people's decisions on whether or not to buy CVS stock?
Did you think that committing libel would somehow detract from these very important lawsuits against CVS?
How do you feel about CVS's lack of sales?
How do you feel about CVS missing their numbers and blaming it on the New York disaster?
I dare you to answer these questions. I don't think you will because you don't seem to have enough intelligence.
I do hope, however, that you WILL continue making slanderous remarks against Walgreens.
3 hots and a cot, BABY!
Well, the pharmacy manager now is not likely the same one. The store was recently rebuilt.
I am a witness, my wife is a witness, and Walgreens is a witness that my wife's prescriptions were filled wrong 3 times.
This is not something to be proud of for the pharmacists. The one or ones who did it are likely playing DUMB, if you asked the right one. Not likely!
As to PPA, yes, I saw an ad on TV by lawyers preparing a class action legal suit about it.
Sorry, law firm names are not easy to recall.
Could be that Walgreens closed it drug manufacturing business. So, maybe I am wrong about that. Maybe there are not real Walgreen's made drugs anymore. If this is the case, as I have often be a WAG stockholder, I am surprised that I missed that.
If what you say is true maybe you should consider filing a complaint with the state board of pharmacy. Many pharmacists work in conditions as bad as T shirt sweat shop workers. Long hours no breaks etc. Check the volume of prescriptions and the amount of staff they have. Its not uncommon for pharmacists to fill 200+ scripts in a shift. Is this safe? You tell me. If it is a high volume store ask the board to look at work load issues. The boards job is to protect the public. Unfortunately most boards seem to turn their back on taking action about pharmacists workload. Many have left because of the work load and dealing with the constant insurance issues that get worse each year. Unless there is a public outcry the work load will get worse and the potential for errors may increase. Opinion only
State boards are limited by the power given to them by the state legislature. What you may consider a simple solution may in fact not be that simple. There are solutions but we have to wait for state laws to catch up. For example, central filling of rxs. Thats when maintenance meds are filled at one location and shipped out to the pharmacies to be dispensed. This way a pharmacist only has to worry about new rxs and couseling. I am not sure where state law is concerning this but I know they are working on it. Wag is working with prototypes and this is one of several things that will reduce the pressure on rph's.
Until these things take effect I go back to a previous point. The pharmacist is in charge of his pharmacy. It is their responsibilty to create a safe enviroment to do their job. Patient care is the utmost responsibility of a paharmacist and that is the way the state board looks at it. We may or may not agree with this but that is reality.
Philrunner wants to know where pharmacies are going to be in 5-10 years. What's wrong with the drive thru at Walgreens and else were. It is convenient for the customer that is in a hurry. I have picked up prescriptions this way when in a hurry and I have gone in the store as well because I may have needed some other item. They seem to have a little bit of everything in their store. Convenience, easy to get into, plenty of common items you always need. Cold medicines, candies, magazines, school and work suppplies, vitamins, even some snack food items. You know what I like the most is that it doesn't take you 5 minutes to walk to just get in the joint. Plus they fill prescriptions and where are those headed with the influx of baby boomers.
The pharmacy doesn't close. Techs can ring customers up and prepare the next batch for the rph to check while the pharmacist takes a break. If a patient has a question I counseled
then went back to break. A pharmacist would make money by charging for a visit the way a Dr. does. With patients going to multiple doctors and with more and more use of drug therapies our role will be increasing. You only here about the misfills but every day pharmacists catch alot of potentially dangerous
drug interactions. They already pay pharmacist to review charts (these are consultant rph's).
The wrong med or a missed drug interaction can cost alot of money to an institution. There is a reason the new rph's are getting more training. They are being prepared for this role. As for the drivthru lets face it, if it hurt us that bad Wag would put a drivethru for the front end to sell thru. People want convenience and when they have children or if its just raining they appreciate the drivethru.
It builds loyalty. Dont worry about fees. The insurance companies realize that for us to deliver good customer service we need to make a reasonable profit. Look for fees to go up in the next 5 years (my opinion...no facts to support). If an Ins. co. limits their customers to pharmacy xyz and the wait is 2 hours (if they are even open) these people are going to get upset. We compete with mass merchandisers by offering convenience. We are in your neighborhood and that does make a difference. I tried to answer the best I could with what I know but I could use some help...
I am not sure in all states that techs can ring up rxs (dispense) if the RPH is not physically present in the Pharmacy. This is why many RPh's don't get lunch breaks. There are stores in many areas and almost all chains that do NOT have overlap. A floater may come in but only when the other shift is done.
You eat lunch in the pharmacy. Every wag I worked in had a blind spot where you could do it. Even with overlap I never left the pharmacy to eat. Even Before Wag I worked In stores that did 200 - 400 rxs a day with no overlap in a 12 hour ahift and I was always able to take a lunch and dinner break. You get caught up and tell the next set of rxs that they would be ready in a half hour. Most people
come back later so when you are done check the ones who waited first and get them out. Like I said before you have to take care of yourself also.