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Poll: Nervous About Getting Prescriptions from CVS?

Some residents say they are, others say no.

Chatham residents and customers at on Main Street are split on whether they have confidence in prescriptions filled at CVS.

The pharmacy is by the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) into the recent comingling of Tamoxifen, a breast cancer treatment drug, with children's fluoride.

mixed in with their fluoride prescriptions, out of about between Dec. 20 and Feb. 20, according to a statement by CVS Pharmacy.

Several Chatham residents said the error was an honest mistake.

"I've been getting my prescriptions [at CVS] for years and years and years. It's always been fine," Rick Williams, a Chatham resident for 33 years, said. "If someone made a mistake, that happens."

Ellen Anderson and Denise Brown both said  they were not nervous about having their medications filled at CVS. Anderson said now might be the best time to fill a prescription at CVS, since "they are probably more aware right now."

Pat Wisneski said she has known the pharmacist at CVS for years, and has every faith in him. "They are not staffing well enough," she said. "The pharmacist is a good man and I think he does a good job, but when you decrease staff, errors can be made."

With the "astronomical" numbers of prescriptions filled at CVS, Wisneski said, "they're cutting back too much." Still, she said, "making mistakes is human."

Other Chatham Patch readers are not so understanding. Diane Dellicker left a comment on the . She said the error was "unconscionable" and asked, "whatever happened to double-checking?"

Maryann wrote the mix-up was "outrageous. I do not use that CVS but I will never go to another CVS because of this."

Are you nervous about getting your prescriptions filled at CVS? Vote in our poll below, or tell us in the comments.

ChathamResident March 15, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Not worried at all. We all make mistakes and thats just the nature of life. There is a responsibility on the user of the prescription as well to speak up if they think something is wrong. Lucky no one was hurt, this is just a wake up call to be careful, not to mention that Wallgreens or Stop and Shop is just as likely to mess up as CVS was.
Chatham07928 March 16, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Not nervous so much as uncomfortable that I no longer recognize most of the faces working behind the counter and they don't recognize me. There may be more care not to make mistakes now, but will the customer service suffer? I imagine not everyone can handle such a busy store as this one.
GarageRock March 22, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Just because this incident caused no harm to anyone doesn't mean it's not a very serious mistake. Can you imagine if they were accidentally given penicillin and one or two children were allergic? The results could have been tragic. I can understand a mistake or two, but thirteen (so far) is inexcusable. Somebody needs to be held accountable, and there needs to be much stricter oversight implemented immediately. Personally, I will not return to this CVS for any reason, just to show that there are consequences for their actions. Hopefully others will follow suit.
Willy's Mommy March 30, 2012 at 03:06 PM
It's not just the Chatham CVS, but at least my Scotch Plains CVS realized the mistake and contacted me. They mixed in two tablets into my atorvastatin (generic Lipitor) that were incorrect. I don't know that I would have noticed, all football-shaped white tablets look the same to me.
maria February 01, 2013 at 06:43 AM
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