Friday, October 15, 2010
Boycotting CVS Pharmacy After Asthma Horror story
Garwood, NJ—A local woman was suffering from an asthma attack and quickly needed her inhaler prescription refilled the CVS Pharmacy. She was told by the pharmacist that the cost came to $21.99 but she only had a $20.00 bill. The pharmacist refused to waive the remaining measly two bucks. The stricken woman’s boyfriend then offered his cell phone or wallet as collateral as the women was on the floor wheezing. CVS was willing to simply watch the woman die refusing aid.
The pharmacist should have at least called 911 for the woman since asthma attacks are often fatal if not treated quickly. The boyfriend called a paramedic friend who responded and rendered aid.
CVS had no legal duty and perhaps there were signs of deception but nothing justified this massive lapse of simple decency. To not even dial 911 shows the pharmacist’s lack of understanding of his professional mission. I’m sure the licensing board will investigate this and take appropriate action.
I want to argue that CVS may have been played as a sucker and suspected they were getting victimized by the woman and her boyfriend. Even if that seemed to be the case you cannot gamble with a human life and have a clear duty to step up as a member of the human race.
This disgusting outrage was an apparently the action of a single nasty employee in absence of a company policy to deal with this kind of problem.
I will destroy my preferred CVS card on my key ring and will never enter a CVS facility again. I will rejoice as I see CVS stores close everywhere. I suspect there is a lesson to lean for the competitors that will be gaining CVS customers.
My question is how much will this protection of $1.99 cost CVS before it’s over?