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Do you really think it's appropriate
to walk into the pharmacy to pickup your prescriptions while talking on your cell phone and then act like I am interupting you when I ask your name, date of birth, and if you have questions about the medicine????
If you do this. STOP!. It is annoying. And rude. And I’d like to rip the phone out of your hand and beat you with it.
90% of doctors have no fucking idea how to write scripts.
Patient: I want to get this script for Adderall filled.
Me: Okay. [takes script]
Me: [fills script within 15 minutes because it’s perfect and the doctor included the patient’s name, a date, the name & strength of a drug that exists, a legible sig & quantity, a DEA #, and signature.
EXCEPT NOT. Because when has that ever happened?
The date literally looked like this: “4/___/2013”
The doctor wrote the month and the year on a script for Adderall but deliberately left out the day. What the hell? I immediately thought it was because the doctor forgot which day it was, meant to look it up, and then forgot to write it down.]
Me: Uh, well, I can tell you right now we’ll have to call the doctor before we can fill it. He forgot to write the date.
Patient: No, he didn’t. He wrote it right there.
Me: He didn’t include a day…
Patient: No, he did that on purpose. He told me he didn’t know what day I was gonna get it filled on so he just left the day blank.
I would have thought the patient was lying but the guy was also dropping off a script for non-control that didn’t have a date at all. What the hell? I have no idea what was going through this physician’s head—does he think the “date” field on blank prescriptions is for the pharmacy to fill out? And he’s trusted to prescribe controlled medications? I CAN’T EVEN.
NUMBER ONE REASON I HATE DOCTORS
I went to my PCP a couple months ago because I had been experiencing this tingling that started in my fingers and progressively got worse, moving to my feet and becoming really uncomfortable. It was starting to wake me up in the middle of the night and become a hassle in the middle of the day. I told her I was a vegetarian and asked her if it could be associated with anemia or any vitamin/nutrient deficiency because the internet wasn’t giving me very detailed information on supplements that vegetarians are recommended to take, so I came to her.
She told me that not only did it not sound like anemia, she had never heard of that symptom associated with any vitamin deficiency. HERE, HAVE A SCREEN SHOT FROM ONE OF MY POWERPOINT SLIDES STUDYING FOR SELF-CARE. (Neuropathy is degradation of the neurons, often beginning in the periphery—hands and feet—and is characterized by a tingling sensation)
My doctor tried to tell me I was probably experiencing some really rare side effect of a medication I had started months before the symptoms came about (which I knew was complete bullshit), and now I’ve probably had a B12 deficiency for about 4 or 5 months. Thanks, Doc. Thanks a bunch.
Today I was yelled at for not having a medication in stock.
I was told that I was an stupid bitch for not allowing them to have a medication two weeks early.
I was asked how I slept at night because the person “they” were charged a three dollar co-pay for their BRAND NAME OPANA!
Three people cursed me.
Seven raised their voices.
A man even threatened me because I told him we couldn’t fill his prescription because it was out of state.
But I still go to work every day with a smile on my face, and I think that is what pisses them off the most.
dear prescribers of the universe,
PLEASE LEARN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NORCO, LORTAB, AND VICODIN.
oh my god, no. you don’t even have to take the time & effort to do that. all you just have to do is simply learn to STOP using those names and use the beautifully convenient “hydrocodone/APAP” instead. like, i know it’s hard on your exhausted fingers to write out all those letters, but trust me, IT SAVES EVERYONE TIME IN THE LONG RUN. because every time you write “lortab 5/325” or “vicodin 5/325,” i have to call you and ask if you meant norco 5/325, and we both have to sit on the phone for several minutes silently resenting one another’s deductive reasoning abilities.
the worst part is, you would assume that if a doctor wrote for something like vicodin 5/325, they would simply mean hydrocodone/APAP 5/325. but no. when i call them to verify, they’re like, “NO! are you an idiot? i wrote for VICODIN! i obviously meant vicodin 5/500!”
THEN WHY THE FUCK DID YOU WRITE 5/325?!
also, to the dentists of the world—vicodin comes in two strengths, 5/500 and 5/300. SO STOP JUST WRITING “VICODIN.” this helps no one!
your peeved as fuck pharmacy
- Patient: I am allergic to penicillin, can I take this?
- Pharmacist: Yes ma'am.
- Patient: You didn't look anything up, how do you know for certain?
- Pharmacist: Ma'am, it's an anti-depressant, you'll be fine.
- Patient: I think I will just wait and talk to my doctor.
- Pharmacist: The doctor who has your allergies and wrote this for you?
- Patient: Yes, now give me my script.
- It isn't easy going through life stupid, but some people sure make it seem that way.
Me, answering phone: Pharmacy, how can I help you?
Guy (through cellphone static): Hi, my name is Super Desperate, can you tell me what you have ready for me?
Me: Hmm, nothing ready yet, but I have several pending for tomorrow morning: simvastatin, flonase, hydr—
Guy: No, forget those! What about Viagra?
Me: We’re still working on that one too.
Guy: I need that TONIGHT. Can you have that ready in one hour?
Guy: Don’t worry about the others for now, okay? I’ll get those tomorrow.
Guy: Just the Viagra! In an hour! Okay?
Me: …. Yeah, I got it.
My morning started off with a bottle of Xanax falling on my face. I then counted 90 benzonatate capsules.
Around noon I was yelled at by a lady who was mad because she couldn’t find vaginal powder or vaginal wash. Like if that was my problem.
Then I got the typical “fill everything that’s due” patient. Who takes over 20 meds and expects us to keep track of all of them.
Followed by the queen moron who expects all her meds to be free. and brings up problems from 10 years ago.
If I survived today. I can survive anything.
So today a customer asked me if one of his medications had gone up. I said “yes sir, your Levitra (which is like Viagra if you didn’t know) is now 20 dollars a pill instead of 10 dollars, so the price for your prescription of 10 pills is now $200 instead of $100.” His response?… “well, you gotta pay to play i guess”