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Author Topic: Count Your Pills  (Read 1696 times)

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Offline gardner

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Count Your Pills
« on: April 11, 2009, 08:27:01 AM »
Last week I had received my 3 mth supply of Kaletra and Combivir from my mail order RX.  It's not often I pay much attention when these envelopes arrive and sometimes don't open them till needed.  Thank God we checked this time. 

My combivir bottle looked half full and should have contained 180 pills. 

Afraid to open the seal and count the pills we called the pharmacy co. and got put through to a supervisor that authorized us to open the bottle and do a count.  There bottle contained 92 pills.  A shortage of more than $1000.  The suppervisor said "this happens" and I had up to 45 days to do verify the quantity do to my scripts being for 3 months.  She also blamed it on the old "it's done by a computer"  excuse.

So she said I'll have the balance in a few days.

But I just wanted to let people know, not to take your pill counts for granted.  Those dam computers are everywhere. 


Offline mjmel

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Re: Count Your Pills
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2009, 10:43:23 AM »
Back in the day when I'd get my meds through USPS there were shipment sent where I'd find the pills all scatted about in the envelope. Some of them crushed or squished. Seems the bottle caps were not screwed on securely.
Now I get them through a local mom-pop pharmacy. It's nice. They know my name. They automatically fax my doc when Rx's are up for renewal too. These days, I don't worry about the safe shipment of meds that allows me to be alive & kicking. I sure hope this doesn't happen to you again..........or that you find a suitable alternative.

Thanks for the heads-up, gardner. This is the first account that I've heard of the pill count so severe. Good reaction on your part.


Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Count Your Pills
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2009, 03:30:59 PM »

I count my pills each time I get  home from Walgreens. Walgreens has screwed up a couple of times, but not in a while.

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Offline minismom

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Re: Count Your Pills
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2009, 08:18:09 PM »
I've never counted pills, but after this, I'm thinking the time it takes will be well invested.

 We did have an issue when Mim was on liquid Zerit (6 bottles / month).  The bottles are packaged with powder in the bottom that has to be mixed with deionized / distilled water.  They never filled it until I was there to pick it up, so I stood there forever waiting while impatient shoppers lined up behind me wondering what the hold-up was. 

This particular time, the bags were waiting for me.  I was amazed until I got them home.  Our practice was to take them out of their boxes and store them in the fridge.  WHOOPS! No one had mixed the meds.  I had 6 bottles of powder.  Since I don't tend to keep deionized / distilled water in my cabinet, I had to drive another 40 miles round-trip to get them mixed.  Not so much as an aplogy.

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Offline decayingsinner

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Re: Count Your Pills
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2009, 11:02:35 PM »
I probably should count my pills. I swear there has been times where I've been shorted.

Offline Ann

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Re: Count Your Pills
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2009, 05:32:18 AM »
I always count my pills and all too often the number isn't correct. I always pick mine up from a pharmacy (no mail order) and I always count before I leave the pharmacy. One time the assistant pharmacist started having a hissy fit when she saw me counting, so I silenced her with a glare and a rehash of the times I was shorted. She shut up and went back into the pharmacy workroom. ;D

I always check AT the pharmacy after being accused once of not being honest when it was pain meds I'd been shorted.
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Offline blondbeauty

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Re: Count Your Pills
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2009, 09:22:05 AM »
I get my meds in the original bottles of the lab that makes them. So I never count them. But I always open the cover to see if the seal is intact. Once, my bottle of sustiva was open and half empty.
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Offline Pippet

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Re: Count Your Pills
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2009, 08:46:36 AM »
My pharmacy would actually 'loan' me medication while waiting on doctors approval, without even noting it on my record.  I always check my bottles for at least a seal to make sure I didn't recieve a bottle that was used for 'loans'.
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