Disclaimer: This entry might offend certain readers, so please dont think im a bigot or anything like that. I’m not, really.
If I could magically wave my little pill counter tray and have one thing changed in the world of pharmacy, It would be harder language requirements during admission to pharmacy schools.
On more than one instance, I have called to get copies from another pharmacy only to find that I can understand what the fuck the pharmacist on the other end of the phone is saying. I’m sorry, but if you cant differeniate the words hydroxyZINE and hydrALAzine (like those retarded letters?) then you really really shouldnt be in pharmacy. If you are, then please be somewhere where:
If I have to ask you to repeat something 4 times because your accent is so thick that I cant make out what you are saying, what the fuck are your patients going to think when you consult them about how to take the medications?
This applies to pretty much everyone during the Doctor -> Rph -> Patient drug pathway. I’m sure you are very intellegent. I’m sure you were #1 in your class. I’m sure you can quote LexiComp or Facts and Comparisons verbatem, but ya know what, I can clearly say the names of medications and you can’t, therefore I win in the world of pharmacy. Sure you can dance circles around me with quoting the therapeutic levels of gentamycin in a patient with a CrCl of 15.6437632. However when Lamitcal and Lamisil both sound like Ramassassil 9 out of 10 patients and PIC’s prefer this 2.8 GPA native who can speak 1 language really well than 4 languages that all sound like vowels.
Again, i’m not a bigot, if you think I am, then take a step back and ask yourself if you would want YOUR mother getting her Rx’s filled by someone who mush-mouth’s drug names.