FIRESTONE, Colo. — A woman in Firestone claims a Walgreen’s pharmacy made three medication mistakes that could have harmed her family.
There are about 1.5 million medication errors every year that result in injuries. So, Kristi Warner counts herself as lucky.
“They messed up three times in two weeks with me,” she says.
Warner says it started two weeks ago, when the pharmacy didn’t give her enough anti-depressant.
They gave her enough to cover just one pill a day, instead of one-and-a-half pills.
“So I ran out. And I had to go, I had to go a week without my medication. When I go without that, I get sick,” she says.
Then on Friday, she says there were two mistakes.
The pharmacy gave her 11-year-old son time-release Ritalin instead of the short-acting type of the drug prescribed by his doctor.
It also gave her 3-year-old a more potent antibiotic than he was supposed to get.
“I brought it home and gave him a dose and called back and said, ‘This does not look right.’ And they said, ‘Well, it’s the wrong antibiotic,'” she says. Even the dosage was wrong, she claims.
“That child got an antibiotic that pretty much knocked out bacteria that was probably useful to him or her, as well as stuff that perhaps maybe was causing disease,” says Urgent Care Dr. Rafer Leach.
Dr. Leach says doctors want to save those more powerful antibiotics for more serious disease. So they try not to over-prescribe it.
“This pharmacy needs to get its act together. This is a big deal,” says Dr. Leach.
Walgreen’s spokesman Robert Elfinger released this statement: “We have a multi-step prescription filling process with numerous safety checks in each step to reduce the chance of human error. We will investigate what happened and what can be done to prevent it from happening again.”
“I’m really lucky the kids didn’t get sick. I think I’m going to be switching pharmacies from now on,” says Warner.
If you have a complaint about a pharmacy you can file it with the state’s Department of Regulatory Agencies or DORA.