Man is dead after CVS pharmacy medication mix-up

Man is dead after CVS pharmacy medication mix-up

https://www.fox13memphis.com/top-stories/man-is-dead-after-pharmacy-medication-mix-up/997776393

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – One man is dead after a Southaven pharmacy allegedly mixed up the dosage of the man’s medication. 

Jeffrey Dale Simmons, of Clarksdale, died after a CVS pharmacist filled his prescription with four times the dosage that the doctor had prescribed.

Simmons’ family is suing CVS and the pharmacist in federal court, according to the lawsuit.

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We spoke to a northern Mississippi pharmacist who told us it is easy to be your own advocate and to make sure you get the right medicines and use them properly.

The pharmacist said when a doctor prescribes you medicines, you need to ask the doctor questions at that point.

“Ask what are you writing for me,” said Mike Klepzig, a pharmacist at Mike’s Pharmacy. “What is it for and what does it do and what is its strength that way you are more educated on what he is giving you, versus you just taking it for granted.”

Klepzig is an Olive Branch, Mississippi, pharmacist. He tells us to not just ask questions at the doctor’s office. When you go to the pharmacy, ask the pharmacist questions about your medication. The pharmacist should be open to a consultation about the medication, especially if it is new. 

The important questions to remember include:

  • What is the dosage?
  • Medication interactions?
  • Does it need to be taken with food or shaken up?

2 Responses

  1. “be your own advocate”…in other words, we need to make sure to catch screwups our own selves, lest we croak.

  2. What is the dosage?
    Medication interactions?
    Does it need to be taken with food or shaken up …..

    and I have another big one:***

    What is the intended purpose.***

    I learned once that a medication to prevent preterm labor is also an asthma medicine when they came at me with a needle. “But I am not pregnant” I had said. “It is used for both things.”

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