Receiving a Prescription
You may have heard from your doctor or pharmacist that it's important to fill all your prescriptions at the same pharmacy. This way, your pharmacist can keep a complete list of all the medicines you take. Some medicines can cause problems if you take them while taking other medicines at the same time. So, your pharmacist needs to know all the medicines you take to be sure it's safe to take them together.
While speaking with a consumer about a new prescription, a pharmacist noticed that a mistake had been made when interpreting the doctor's directions for taking the medicine. The patient's doctor had written a new prescription for Vicodin (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) to treat pain.
In 2007, the drug company that makes Omacor (omega-3-acid ethyl esters) changed the name of the medicine to Lovaza to prevent confusion with another medicine, Amicar (aminocaproic acid). Lovaza lowers triglycerides, and Amicar treats bleeding caused by problems with the blood clotting system.
A pregnant woman was given a prescription for "PNV" tablets. The doctor used this abbreviation for "prenatal vitamins." The pharmacist mistakenly thought that PNV stood for "penicillin VK," an antibiotic. He filled the woman's prescription with penicillin tablets in error.
A mother picked up a refill for her child for Strattera (atomoxetine), a drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The capsules were a different color than with previous refills. Even though the prescription bottle said Strattera 60 mg, the mother called the pharmacy to check.
When you take a prescription to the pharmacy, you may have to wait for a period of time until it is ready. You are probably anxious to get home and may not realize just what your pharmacist is doing for you during that time. Here's a look at what your pharmacist typically does to make sure the medicine is safe and right for you.