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Thread: Beware!!!!! Check your Prescriptions!!!!!

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    Beware!!!!! Check your Prescriptions!!!!!

    Half the bottle was the wrong thing!!!!

    Of course the pharmacist said that it never happens. So I must be totally unlucky. I never dreamed I couldn't trust them to get it right. My biggest concern was if they counted correctly. Fortunately I noticed. It was just a slight size difference that caught my eye. Then I looked at those little letters and numbers imprinted on the pills.

    It could've been a very dangerous situation.

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    Omg! Glad u caught it. Scary!
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    That is really scary for sure; makes me want to pay more attention.
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    Every time I turned around this past year I was getting a different script for some reason or another. Believe me I was checking closely. They gave me a script for some one with same last name, they thought. My last name only has 4 letters and first name spelled wrong but birthdate was the same. Script was for Tylenol 3 with Codeine. The pharmacist asked if I had taken it before with out seeing the bottle itself. I told the pharmacist what I called in. Not the same. That was close call. I have sensitivity to it. Script numbers weren't even the same. So now I let them know what I called in, spell my name out in full and repeat my script number. When I get my meds, I take a photo of it, in case I'm out and about but need to call in my script. Love my phone Note 3 with the different notes and files. Too many times and the older one gets some times too many scripts. be particularly with the kiddos and pets.

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    WOW ...that could be Scary for sure. I wonder "if" they were the same pill just from a different supplier? I have had that happen before (never in the same bottle) where the pharmacy had used a different supplier and the pills were the same but different. If the pharmacy doesn't say anything when I pick up the order then when I get home I call them and ask. Also I have searched on the web and I find the pill and what it is to look like.

    Pharmacy's DO make mistakes.
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    Good thing you caught it! My mother's pill packages were missing one pill in a whole weeks worth. I brought it to the pharmacist attention and although it was just her gout medication, it could easily have been her blood pressure medication. Always check your perscription!

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    My pharmacy always tells me if the pills are different looking. They say it is from a different manufacture but are the same pills. I can't imagine having two different meds in one bottle. Someone messed up bad enough to be fired.
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    A afew yrs ago, after knee replacem't, I had a script "filled" for pain pills. Got home and happened to count them. I was only given 15 out of 20. I called the Pharmacy to report it. They did an inventory count that and said I had gotten the full Script. They made me feel like dirt for suggesting otherwise. I went to the store manager w no results and finally ended up writing corporate about it. I don't know if my letter did any good, But within the next yr there were big changes in the Pharmacy staffing and several long-time employees were no longer there.

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    CBC reported just last week that a 16 year old boy had his script for Acne medication filled. When he opened the bottle he told his mum the pills looked funny.

    He had been given high blood pressure medication. Could have been terrible consequences if he had taken it.
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    From Tessagin "When I get my meds, I take a photo of it, in case I'm out and about but need to call in my script."

    This is a great idea for a number of reasons. I have some meds that I only take as needed and I noticed the script number has partially rubbed from moving the bottle around. I'm known at the pharmacy I go to, but what happens if they get new people: as they say a picture is worth a thousand words.
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    Whenever you get a prescription filled, you should ALWAYS look it over and count it. If the pharmacist uses a machine to fill the bottles, they sometimes miss fill (not the correct number of pills most of the time under the amount you are paying for). As SVAL said, you can end up with the WRONG medication. If they don't want to make you prescription correctly, you need to get the manager or call the board of pharmacists. The only way the state know about a problem is if it gets reported. Sometimes the drugs will look a little different (if the pharmacist has had to use different generics, but this is something the pharmacist should be able to tell you right away). When it comes to your prescriptions, you are your own best friend.

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    Many years ago my husband was on Tylenol/Codeine for an injury at work. I got the refill home and was about to give him his pill and noticed there was a different number on the pill. Took it to the drugstore and found out it was about four times stronger than it was supposed to be. The druggist (past retirement age) that filled the prescription took the wrong bottle, and had I not caught it it could have killed my husband. The druggist was the owner of the store, he resigned (not retired) and was in the throes of dementia. From that point on I read every word on the label. They had the description of the pill, color, manufacturer, potency, how many refills were left and we never had a problem after that - probably because I just didn't trust it anymore, I still kept comparing the bottle to the pill. Bubbie, you are soooooo right - You are your own best friend and you have to be your own advocate if you want things done right. Edie
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    Having worked in a pharmacy, yes, mistakes can happen. There is a multi-check system in place but no one and no machine is infallible. As with everything else, buyer beware and always ask if you are unsure about your meds.
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    I always check my refills to see if the pills are the same but I usually just dump a couple into my hand and compare to the old ones. Guess I'll be more careful in the future.
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    Same thing happened to my daughter. She always checks her pills when she gets them, good habit to do
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    Quote Originally Posted by joyce blint View Post
    A afew yrs ago, after knee replacem't, I had a script "filled" for pain pills. Got home and happened to count them. I was only given 15 out of 20. I called the Pharmacy to report it. They did an inventory count that and said I had gotten the full Script. They made me feel like dirt for suggesting otherwise. I went to the store manager w no results and finally ended up writing corporate about it. I don't know if my letter did any good, But within the next yr there were big changes in the Pharmacy staffing and several long-time employees were no longer there.
    Pharmacies are very sticky about pain meds. The only way they would have admitted the mistake was if you had never left and they saw for their own eyes the discrepancy. There are so many people that misuse pain scripts that they are very suspicious of everyone who gets a pain script filled, unless you are a long-time customer and they know you personally. Even then, they will give you a hard time. Its all about the drug addicts.

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    Went thru the drive thru once and they handed me a huge bag of diabetic supplies with a huge price tag. I was pickng up my inexpensive thyroid medicine. I sighed relief at the "mistake". Always check your meds etc. mistakes happen.

    always check your fast food drive thru order too! LOL!

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    And...always check the number of refills on the script VS how many they put on your bottle. I can't tell you how many times they put zero, when, in fact, I have a year's worth.
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    I picked up a simple prescription and they gave me a blood thinner, lucky I caught it, they apolizied but I changed pharmacy, One time Picked up a liquid for my baby and the dosage wasn't what they Dr had told me ,I called the Dr. and he said that amount would have killed her, all I got from the pharmacist was a simple oops, I"m sorry, You have to be dilligent. Another thing is that print on the bottle is so small I have trouble reading it, I'm sure the elderly can't read it, I've complained but to no avail
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    Hubs has never gotten the wrong meds, but he has been short-changed several times over the last few years and yesterday was no exception--60 pills short. Fortunately they know us and added the missing pills without any trouble.

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    I was surprised the last prescription refill - I always get 3 mos worth (90 pills) - or in one case 180 because I take that one twice a day. Anyway, I always get the 3 months of each of the three pills in one bottle - 90 -180 - 90. The last time I got this whole bag full of bottles and each was like a pharmaceutical company bottle each packed and sealed in 30 pill increments! That may solve the problem of miscount - but what a needless waste of packaging. With the size of the pills, the 30 pills in each one barely covered the bottom of each of the little bottles. Crazy!!

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    I've seen way to much of this happening. Our pharmacies are becoming like our Dr's. Overworked, and people are always in a hurry.

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    I retired from Walgreens and I do know that the pharmacist and the techs do short count some of the controlled drugs.
    The police took a pharmacist out of the store in handcuffs for stealing drugs.The man had 15 years with the company.I always count my pills before I leave the store if they are controlled drugs.

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    Sometimes a different company makes the same pill and if you get it at a different Pharmacy and it looks different call and make sure it is the right thing. Also I use to throw the paper that tells all about the side effects and all that away and now I always read and keep the paper for awhile incase you start getting some reaction from a new med then you can read and see if that is one of the items listed that you may have a reaction to it.
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    My regular pharmacy just closed in Dec. In Jan Our meds were transferred to the only other pharmacy in town. I am still arguing with them about my meds for Jan yet. I have been there 5 times already --still need some filled right. I got a 2 week supply of my embrel med instead of my monthly supply for my shots( which I take 2 times a week)So now I will have 2 co-pays for a 1 month supply on it.
    Called Dr. office back about how script was written & they said --pharmacy was reading the script wrong.
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