Friday, 9 May 2014

5 Seconds can save your life! Everyone should do it!

Okay, normally I stick up for the little person,
but saw something tonight just couldn't believe.

Now this might make some people pissed off at me,
but if you think about it,
I would not be writing this if one person took 5 seconds to do something.

Years ago I was taught always to make sure what you are receiving is actually yours.
After all, we are human and humans make mistakes.

Was watching the news tonight (by accident), 
just finished watching a show on the DVR and it stopped before I could delete.
And there was this news story on about a drug store.
I actually watched this one story at least 4 times.
(kept rewinding it)
Could not believe what I was seeing!

At first I thought that someone screwed up really bad,
put the wrong prescription in the wrong blister.

That is why I kept rewinding it.
That is not what happened.
I went on line and found the video.
Here is the video and a link to it.

This couple is suing for millions of dollars,
because one of them took medication from someone else's blister
for days!

Here is a picture of a blister pack.
This is not shoppers,
but blister packs have a side with the list of meds and the patients name:
In the video it shows you their blister and you can see the label on it.

I can see the repercussions already.
This happened in Ontario.
People are pissed off when they are asked for 
ID when they pick up narcotics or tax receipts.
What will happen when every thing you pick up you have to show your ID?

Their excuse is that they thought that when the bag was scanned that their name comes up.
They took the bag home, without checking the label on the bag.
I deal with this drug store, I get my meds from there.

Each bag has a receipt in it (and on it).
On the receipt inside, it has your name, address and a list of your drugs
(which you should put in your wallet in case you ever go to the hospital) ,
pretty sure the name and address is on the bag as well (in case it has to be delivered).
The blister/bottle also has your name on it.

If it doesn't have your name on it, why are you taking it?
If you see the pills and they don't look like what you normally take---
don't take them!
They said that there was new pills in the blister, 
why did they not check what and when they are to be taken.
This is something that they should have checked.
But even is they did not want to, 
they should have checked the name! 

5 seconds to check the name.
2 Seconds to check the pills before you swallow them.
Is it to much time and effort to keep your self healthy?

With any medication you take you should always check the label,
for the directions, precautions and the drug's name,
and yours as well.

Most people will stop taking drugs, or at least contact their pharmacist or doctor
if they are having unpleasant side effects 
(things that should have been discussed before the pills were taken),
I mean this man was not in the best of health,
he should have inquired about possible side effects. 
In fact when I get a new prescription the drug store puts an information
sheet inside the bag about the drug, it also has my name on it, right at the top.
If you don't get one, ask for it.

A little time would have saved these people a lot of problems.
Sure the drug store is at fault for giving you the wrong bag,
but it is your responsibility to make sure you know what you are taking 
and what you are taking is yours.

I really hope that they do not get millions for this.
They do not deserve it.

I do think though that maybe they should have a nurse,
or someone in their home to dispense their medication 
since they have proven they can not do it themselves responsibly.

I myself would be a little embarrassed to go on the news to tell this story and announce that I am suing.
I probably would have done it only 
to make people aware of the dangers of not paying attention.
To warn people to do what they should always
check the name and directions, possible side effects to the drugs you are taking.
To always check that you are picking up what is yours.
To not take something unless you know exactly what you are taking.
I would not be blaming the drug store.
Not when there is someone else name on it!

It is like calling the hydro company and complaining that 
your bill is to high, than realizing that it has someone else's name on it.

But the result of all this?
Think about it the next time you are asked for ID when picking up a prescription.


  1. My friend, everything you say is so true! I never heard about this story? I do feel bad for them, but they should have checked! I know, I pick up my mom's prescriptions from a Shopper's Drug Mart, and like you said, there is a sheet, a receipt and her name and address is on 3 different slips!

  2. Hey Alice, I was trying to comment on your bike post and it wouldn't let me. So, I decided to go back to one of your older post and it did. Don't know why ? Just wanted to say, I hope you're having a good long weekend ;o) That bike is a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing ;o) Big Hugs ;o)

  3. What you're saying is completely true. I know that everybody must say the same thing, but I just think that you put it in a way that everyone can understand. I'm sure you'll reach so many people with what you've got to say.


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