NC board of pharmacy says prescriptions are misfilled every year

WINTERVILLE, NC (WNCT) – A judge still hasn’t ruled on a Pitt County wrongful death case.

A family claim in their lawsuit, Winterville Walgreens pharmacist David Settle misfilled a prescription for their dad Burnice Lee Harris. They claim he told Harris to take more morphine than prescribed. Three days later, Harris died.

9 On Your Side wanted to know how common misfillings are in North Carolina, so we reached out to the pharmacy board.

NC Board of Pharmacy Director Jay Campbell said, “The board investigates roughly 300 cases of all types every year. In any given year somewhere around 100 of those cases will involve an alleged misfill.”

The board already reviewed the Pitt County case. They gave Settle a stayed suspension. That means Settle can still practice pharmacy, but if he breaks any of the board’s terms, he will automatically be suspended for seven days or more.

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