January 10, 2016

Do not blindly trust your pharmacy ... check your own prescriptions!

A while back, I had posted that I wasn't happy about the new pharmacy requirements for TriCare (Veteran Insurance), where as I would have to send my maintenance prescriptions to a mail order company - but I could possibly get one-time meds locally.  I had said that I wanted them all in one place where a pharmacist could oversee any problems with interactions.  Well, I guess it's time to move on from my fantasy world.  My trusted pharmacy, CVS, filled a prescription of mine with the wrong medication.

I was given a completely different medication that made me terribly tired.  I was falling asleep during the day and even going to bed by 5 PM.  I had no idea why I was so tired.  One day when getting the medication, I looked at the package a little closer and realized the name looked different than what was on the actual prescription label.  I had been using that medication for 12 days.  YES - 12 days of some medication that never should have been going in my body.  

So, I would like to advise you to check all your medications!  If it's a first-time medication, ask for a pharmacy consult to verify the medication is correct.  If it's a maintenance prescription, be sure the name matches the name on the package or the pill looks the same.  If not, ask the pharmacy!

I am very fortunate that there were no lasting side-effects.  Please don't let this happen to you.  Check your medications carefully and don't blindly trust your pharmacy ... as they CAN and DO make mistakes.

The pharmacy did apologize.

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