This is your chance to make a difference. The big and bigger retailers that sell prescriptions have had their way for decades. And………..SELLING PRESCRIPTIONS is what they do. MORE, BETTER, FASTER. Practicing pharmacy? You laugh so hard your spleen aches. They don’t let you practice pharmacy. It takes too much time. Do I need to explain this to you? I thought not. They give lip service to pharmacy practice, but, in reality, do any of you think that Safeway encourages you to slow the Prescription Mill to a near stop so you can counsel a teen age single mother on the use of a Prednisolone oral liquid for her 3 year old. Get outta town, girl. There are prescriptions to be checked. The phone is ringing. The cashier is headed for her lunch break. Yes, a break. The cashier is the only pharmacy staff person to actually get a break. The pharmacy manager is a 32 year old woman who has dealt with hypoglycemia for her entire adult life. A Bigger Grab Fritos and a chocolate milk for breakfast, multiple 20 ounce Mountain Dews, a bag of fun-size PayDay bars, a pint of Chunky Monkey at 8:00 PM to get her to closing. Much of the day, she is compromised.
What about you? Multi-tasking is your game, but you wonder about that new pharmacist. At 2:00 PM, all telephone lines are whining. The lines at the register is 5 customers deep. The store manager has written up the lead tech for saying, “How the fuck do I know?” when a snotty woman demanded, “Where are the Bella Mia Italian Lipsticks that are on sale?” Do I have to go on? 14 hours straight of this stuff.
And your company will always let you twist in the wind. Safeway will always say, “Our pharmacists are expected to practice pharmacy in a professional manner and to carry out their duties in a way that will always protect the patient. The welfare of every patient is the number one job of every Safeway pharmacist.”
That is all nice and accurate background, but the following is real. It really happened and the legal implications continue.
A Safeway pharmacist in Northern California made a dispensing error. He dispensed RISPERDAL 9mg. The prescription was written for BUDESONIDE. The patient is 92 years old, cogent an aware, but compromised. The last I heard is that she will most likely die soon.
The attorney that I am doing research work for is demanding both the pharmacist and Safeway take responsibility. When the patient dies (sooner than later) the game changes dramatically.
SAFEWAY, OF COURSE, IS BLAMING THE PHARMACIST. SAFEWAY says that the company is BLAMELESS.
My attorney is asking this question:
A CONSCIENTIOUS PHARMACIST GETS CAUGHT UP IN A BIG FILLING ERROR- WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE SYSTEM UNDER WHICH HE IS REQUIRED TO WORK? The question is directed at
Safeway’s system. This is it, you guys. If Safeway’s system is shown in court to be the cause of errors, a huge crack will suddenly appear in the fascade of all and every retail company that puts speed and profit before the patient’s welfare.
YOU CAN SEND A SHOT OVER SAFEWAY’S BOW.
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