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WRAL Investigates: Do you pay attention to prescriptions?

Posted January 28, 2014
Updated January 30, 2014

Cullen Browder

Do you stop to check your fast food before you leave the drive-through line? How about the pharmacy?

I think most of us trust of our pharmacists. We get sick. The doctor prescribes medication. The pharmacy sells us the medicine.

How often do you check to make sure you get the right drug and the right dosage? It’s just as important to your health as taking the medicine.

WRAL Investigates obtained state records showing hundreds of complaints filed with the State Pharmacy Board. They range from technicians accused of diverting Hydrocodone to pharmacists reprimanded for selling the wrong drugs or the incorrect amount. They are mistakes that can impact your health, your family’s health and even your pets.

Tune in to WRAL News at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Health Team Physician Dr. Allen Mask will join us to talk about the one thing you need to do every time you pick up a prescription.

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  • janipooh Jan 30, 2014

    What should be the rules about medications sourced from the 3rd world countries such as India? Are these meds as safe as those who come from countries such as Canada or France? I would like for WRAL to investigate this!

  • BadDayforButch Jan 30, 2014

    Let's see, you reported 51 million pharmacy errors per year nationwide and NC has verified 346 errors in the past 5 years based on the documentation you supply ? That math doesn't make sense. 346 errors out of millions and millions of prescriptions filled is not really as big a problem as you are trying to make it out to be. I guess you guys could only find a problem with a dog's prescription to report on and get an interview for?