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Now, onto the stupidity.
Have you ever noticed that some people just like to argue? Not the usual ‘I think I have a valid point, so I shall argue with you’, but ‘I am so retarded and cannot understand the big words that you speak out of your mouth’. What’s sad is that no matter how clear you make it, they just dont get it. Usually this involves refills in one way or another.
- Person comes in and wants a refill for an Rx for some TAC cream that was filled over a year ago. The Rx had 5 refills on it, but was over a year old so the Rx is expired. Even though I am really clear (how much clearer can you get than “the Rx is over a year old, it has expired, the refills are no longer good”) the idiot just sits there and argues that he has 5 refills on the Rx and he wants it filled. Eventually I get frustrated and make some really vague analogy to drinking expired milk (which he probably does) and eventually the neurons fire and he ‘gets it’. My soul died a bit to realize that this idiot is reproducing.
- No refills on C-2 narcotics always seems to completely throw everyone for a loop. Every month the same idiot wants you to fax the doctors for a refill for Methadone and every month you tell the idiot that a C-2 narcotic cannot have any refills and you need a new Rx. Once in a while you’ll get a new doctor on the phone (or mostly a seasoned PA/NP) arguing with you that since the little Rx blank has a refill bar that C-2’s can now be refilled. They are completely oblivious that their Rx pads are for /all/ controlled substances, not just C-2 narcotics. Most of the time just telling these people once will solve the problem (misunderstanding/confusing/didnt know that percocet was a C-2/etc) however its the repeat offenders that worry me. These people have prescriptive authority too, that makes my heart sad. If you tell a dog to stop eating his own shit enough he eventually will learn. Jury is still out however on these idiots.
- I’m not going to get into the whole 30 day supply of medication. The calendar is a vague and confusing thing, and depending on how you split it, saying that something needs to last 30 days could vary between a week to a few months. I guess when you need a “Must Last 30 Days” warning on your Rx, your definition of a “day” can shift depending on how much of Prince Valiums cock you have sucked.
- Copays. You have been paying a $25 copay for the last 5 years, and every time you must argue with me and have me look up how much you have been paying in the past. Surprisingly I come back with….. $25! Thank you for wasting my time. Double thank you for sitting there and arguing with me about it.
- Trade name medication and DAW-1. Patients still feel doctors are the magical do-as-I-say deities that everyone should listen to. They feel that if the doctor writes DAW-1 on their Coreg Rx that the insurance company is forced to cover it. No matter how many screen printouts of the insurance company saying “I DONT CARE ABOUT YOUR DAW-1” they still will sit there and argue with you about it. They don’t wish to pay $100 for their medication, but feel the insurance company should because of a small checked box.
- Everyone has heard the “Doctor told me to take this twice a day” as they come in with a new written Rx for the same drug at once a day. They will sit there and argue that they were told twice a day despite you having a new Rx there showing it at once a day. Once I even used the line “Since you aren’t going to listen to me or the doctor, you just take it however the hell you want, but doctor has here once a day and thats whats going on the bottle.” Guess who got his ass chewed by the doctor for not taking it correctly, it wasn’t me!
When did they start putting lead in the water?