One prescription labeled for two people, doesn't violate the law
Last Updated: 383 days ago
AURORA, Colo. - One prescription labeled for two different people, but dated months apart.
With every new prescription, Vergie Levy has the same routine. She starts by checking the label to verify it is the right drug and dosage, dispensed with her name and her doctor's name.
"I've seen people get the wrong medication before and taken it and things go wrong," Levy said.
One bottle was no different, until she looked closer.
"I examined that medicine and it had like an X or an 0 and a black marker on it and I'm like, 'Why is my medicine got this on it?' So I got to investigating," she said.
"Then I got to pulling back and it was someone else's name on it," she continued.
The one bottle had two labels. Both were written for the same drug and dosage, but with two different names and dates.
Levy was prescribed her medication in mid-November, but it had been dispensed for another patient during July.
"I was scared to take it because seeing somebody else's name on it, although it looked like the medicine I was supposed to be taking, but that don't mean that it was the medicine that I was supposed to be taking," she said.
She took the bottle back to the King Soopers Pharmacy at Chamber and Colfax in Aurora where she'd gotten it.
"When I went back up there, she did say she was sorry and changed the bottle," Levy recalled.
7NEWS checked and slapping a new label on an old bottle does violate King Soopers policy for prescriptions. A spokesperson said the store is addressing the issue internally.
Although it is against company policy, it is not against the law.
Levy says she has every right to be upset.
"I definitely don't want it to happen to no one else," she said.
Consumers can file a complaint through the State Board of Pharmacy's website.
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