How Chaos at Chain Pharmacies Is Putting Patients at Risk

Medication errors are of increasing concern for pharmacists. Some of the biggest chain pharmacies feel pressure to meet the demands of corporate performance metrics. This creates a hectic work environment and makes it difficult for pharmacists to safely perform their jobs. With an increased focus on profits rather than people, the risk of medication errors is at an all-time high. Though pharmacists have complained to their state legislatures and pharmacy boards,  many of these complaints have fallen on deaf ears, as many board members are employed by chain pharmacies. This results in a conflict of interest and a fear of losing one’s job if one speaks up. The latest study conducted on medication errors was a decade ago, which estimated that 1.5 million Americans are harmed by medication errors annually. With actual reporting of medication errors at an all-time low, it is difficult to accurately ascertain the gravity of the present situation.

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Blog post authored by Margarita Moshe

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