I don't really think I have enough to pursue any kind of case but I wanted someones opinion.......
My wife got a prescription filled at a Walmart pharmacy on 12/5. Th pills are Oxycodone 5mg tablets. She has had this same prescription filled there the last 3 months (Oct Nov Dec). She has been on this medication for 2 years. SHe took a pill (on 12/5) and commented that it tasted different. About 20 min later she was hit with vertigo like symptoms. These symptoms lasted approx 1 hour. She took a second pill later that same night. This time she said the pill tasted 'normal' and no vertigo.
On 12/6, she took a 3rd pill - again it had a funny taste. In addition to the vertigo, she gets hives/swelling on her fingers and hands. Long story short.... She had 2 different types of pills in her bottle. They were identical in size shape and scoring. The ONLY differences were the ID numbers. SHe calls the pharmacy. They say there's no way that there can be 2 different pills because the pharmacist opened a new bottle to fill the script.
On 12/7 she brings the pills to the pharmacist and he says that they are definitely the right pills - the company just changed the pill ID number. BTW- he never even looked at the pills she brought in. We get home and she takes a pill. The SAME thing happens again, only worse. After some poking around on the internet, she finally finds a profile(with pill ID numberand picture) of the pills that have been making her so sick. The pills are DEMEROL 50mg tablets!! Big difference. My wife called the pharmacist back and told them what she had found - suddenly they were all apologetic andwere more than happy to talk to her doctor and explain why she needs a new script
Thankfully, nothing serious happened. But I feel like the pharmacists were blowing her off because it was pain medication (like she was trying to get extra pills or something). If they had taken a few minutes to look at her medication, they might have caught their mistake sooner. Any thoughts/commentss?