CVS Sold Wrong Medicine Dosage for Over a Year — Now What???

This is a chronicle of my Facebook posts about my issue with CVS selling me the wrong dosage on one of my meds for over a year.

July 17, 2014

HEADS UP

I just found out that CVS in Locust has been selling me the wrong dosage of one of my meds for OVER A YEAR. Holy crap!!!!

July 17, 2014

Here’s my med: metoprolol succinate. Here are its uses: This medication is a beta-blocker used to treat chest pain (angina), heart failure, and high blood pressure. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. Sounds like being on the wrong dosage could make a difference in whether I have a heart attack or not. NOT HAPPY with CVS in LOCUST, NC

July 18, 2014

Regarding my concern with CVS selling me wrong dosage for over a year: Apparently ‘the problem’ was a technological mis-communication between CVS and Oakboro Medical Services. NOW I’M REALLY CONCERNED because, as I understand it, Oakboro Medical Services is on the same Stanly Regional IT system as are other medical services throughout Stanly County. Doesn’t that mean that ALL of the medical services throughout Stanly County are affected with this technological glitch.

If I were you, my fellow Stanly County residents, I’d make SURE my meds were correct. Hopefully I’m the ONLY PERSON IN STANLY COUNTY who has been affected by this glitch, but I highly doubt it.

Please take care of your health and make sure you have the correct medications at the proper dosage. My trust for the medical profession and CVS has been shaken AND I’ve been over medicated for over a year. I’m not sure what to expect.

July 18, 2014

This afternoon I received calls from Oakboro Medical Center advised me that they and CVS had been in communication and believe they have found the problem. Apparently there was a technical flaw in the auto-response/fax system. I was assured that this problem has been repaired and there would be no further problems.

Later that afternoon

While I appreciate knowing this, my trust has been broken with my medical care professionals and CVS. CVS is the easiest to fix — they are out of the picture. This decision was made with the pharmacist started arguing with me with I told her about the mix up. I told her to contact Oakboro and tell them. Getting the correct prescription from them is my only concern from her.

July 18, 2014

I contacted Michael Harwood, my banker who is also on the Board for Stanly Regional Medical Center and told him about my plight with the wrong dosage. He told me he would look in to it then get the right people involved.

I told Mike I wasn’t going to sue but I was going to make a lot of noise. I figure putting this event on Facebook, Twitter, and my blog ought do. I doubt that I’m the ONLY person in Stanly County that has been getting the wrong medication. I’m just glad that my blood pressure has been within a practical range for the past few months, AND that the mix up didn’t involve my cancer medicine.

Amy Carracker from Oakboro Medical Center called this afternoon to talk about what was going on. She’s a Physician’s Assistant there whon I had met once before. I told her what had been going on and mentioned that my trust had been broken. She told me that the Administration would like to offer me a free exam to make sure I’m alright. I told her I would think about it over the weekend then get back to her.

July 21, 2014

Amy Carracker just called to see what my decision was. I told here that my husband and talked about it over the weekend and decided that staying with OMS would be the best thing to do. I have an appointment on Monday the 28th at 1:45 for a blood pressure check and conversation.

I’m hoping this is all behind us and that no one will ever have this problem again.

August 8, 2014

Essie Mayer, my mother-in-law, went to Stanly Regional with high blood pressure and needing daily help. Moved to Forrest Oaks on August 8th. So far so good.

August 18, 2014

I went into Stanly Regional with heat related heart incident. I thought it was a mild heat attack but after extensive testing, my heart is fine, no issues. So, that being said, the heart attack must have been related to my heart being too hot and it argued with me. I got too hot while out working with my bees. From now on I work with the bees as soon as the sun comes up and stop around 10:00 a.m. Whew! what a fear.

Both Essie and I received excellent care from the hospital staff. My faith in Stanly Regional is being restored. Although, I’ll always be more aware of my meds and will ask more questions.

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