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Medication Station… To Transfer Or Not. That Is The Question.

There went that idea. At least for another 2 weeks. I wanted to transfer B.’s meds to the store that my husband works at, seeing as Walgreen’s dropped my girls and their insurance plan.

Although his IS safe, at least for another year, I don’t like the idea of having everyone all over town with their meds. I called the store’s pharmacy (Kroger), and sure enough (like back when he WAS with them), they have NONE of the Vyvanse in his strength requirement (top dose of 70 mg).

So, this means filling again with Walgreen’s, calling Kroger in 2 weeks to ensure that they place the Vyvanse at that dose on order to come in, in time for us to fill it.

You would think though, being it’s one of the MOST WIDELY used drugs for ADHD, in all of the available strengths, that it would ALWAYS be on hand.

I have some thinking to do over the next couple of weeks over this and mull the decision over.

To me, it’s just plain common sense to keep in stock, the drugs that you as a Pharmacist knows are of popularity in prescribing. To do otherwise, could cause you to lose customers or (potential) ones. And what if the person was to have ran out before you can get more in? That COULD have deadly consequences.

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If your child is on MEDICATIONS, read this *NOW* and learn from my problem.

I’d initially wrote this post on my main blog page, “The (Not Always) Happy Homemaker Diary“, but also wish to share it with you readers here as well. Mind you, this took place yesterday/last night.

If I could, I would have this shooting out of my head..

And have these shooting from my eyes…

Why?

Because, for the now third or fourth time, my local Walgreen’s Pharmacist has messed up. It’s one thing to miscount the number of pills. It’s also one thing to not even fill one of them. Heck, it’s even one thing to place your child’s medications in the WRONG “filled and ready to go” bins.

But when your “mistake” at reading the prescription goes as far as one, filling it with the WRONG refill number, as well as with the WRONG DOSE, that is when I am DONE.

And that is also when I write to Corporate Office, and to the District Office, and to the Local Store. Yep. Every single level of Walgreen’s got a copy of my letter of complaint about this “mix up”.

The medications that my child is on are pretty “powerful” and can have some pretty bad side effects if given wrong. The one that was completely dispensed wrong can hurt his Blood Pressure or even his heart.

What SHOULD HAVE BEEN 2 mg. of a dose at 2 refills was ACTUALLY FILLED as 3 mg. dose with 3 refills.

How does someone read a “copy” wrong? When in doubt CALL THE DOCTOR that prescribed the medication, THEN proceed to fill it. It’s not rocket science.

Please, my readers, for your safety and for the safety of your family, especially your children, READ LABELS on the medication bottles. Every time. No matter how many times you filled the same medication.

Here is a copy of my letter to all of the branches of Wallgreen’s…

To Whom It May Concern,

I’m writing to complain about the (now) third or fourth “accident” in regards to my son’s medications being improperly filled.

My nine-year-old is on medications that can have a great impact on his heart and his blood pressure.

His Intuniv was filled COMPLETELY wrong. I was supposed to have 2 mg dose with 2 refills. Instead I received 3 mg dose and 3 refills.

I cannot tell who had filled my son’s medications last night, seeing as you do not have your Pharmacists place their names on the prescriptions that they are having to fill. That alone to me, is discouraging. Because I now cannot tell you in fact WHO ACTUALLY filled my child’s medications.

At this time I am NOT “taking my business else where”, but do know that I will NOT be talking very kindly about your store, and especially not in regards to this branch.

When filling medications, it means that your staff is literally holding their customer’s/patient’s lives in their hands. Including children.

Thank you,
Melissa C