In December, the Chicago Tribune reported on a study, in which they sent investigative reporters to 255 pharmacies in the Chicago area to report on how often common drug interactions are missed.
During this study, they found that interacting prescriptions were dispensed more than half the time. The big box retailers faired “okay” in this study. Walgreens missed the interaction 30 percent of the time, while CVS missed it 63 percent of the time.
However, Independents did not do even as well as CVS. There were 32 pharmacies included in the study identified as independents, and they missed the interaction a whopping 72 percent of the time. Ouch!