So I believe I am the last one on this gravy-train of pharmacist bashing that the USA-Today is onto. If you didn’t read the article (I barely skimmed it to be honest, its the media, and we all know they know everything there is to know about pharmacy and medication) it talks about Walgreens pushing their pharmacists to the limits, an error was made, blah blah blah. I realize that the article focuses on overworking pharmacists in the chains, but I know that the shit thats splattering against the fan is going to trickle down to the independent level, so this bitch is sorta about mistakes in general.
If you read the article, it plays on the emotion of the poor kid who got the wrong medication, and the poor baby who got 5x the amount of amoxicillin and would ‘writhe in pain’ (give me a fucking break, a 16 day old baby isn’t even developed enough to know it even exists, let alone what pain is). Wah wah wah. The kid probably was colic or had some gas and was fussy.
I’ll tell you first and foremost. If you are a student, and have never worked in a pharmacy before, go work in one before you decide to continue any further with your career. Retail pharmacy is high stress, no if-and-or-but about it. If you do not take stress well, go dig ditches somewhere and stay out of pharmacy. If you crack under pressure, or do not take interruptions very well, go sell shoes and do not go into pharmacy. I don’t want my profession being drug through the mud due to you cracking and fucking up/going on a murderous rampage any more than it already does. 🙂
I’ll be up-front, if a pharmacist ever has said that he has never made a mistake, he’s a fucking liar. Mistakes happen. I have made them, you all have made them. Be it the wrong strength (grab the wrong bottle), or the wrong drug but in the same class (dispense Zestril instead of Lotensin, brain fart), or you can’t read the fucking doctors handwriting (Hydralazine/Hydroxyzine, Lamisil/Lamictal, others that im too retarded to think of right now).
Most of the times these are caught by your checking system, or the patient tells you that the pills look different. Sometimes the patient mixes the bottles up at home, puts the wrong medication into another bottle, and blames you for it.
Now some math: If you make one mistake a day (which is huge), and you fill 300 rx’s, thats an error rate of %0.3. Now if you make one mistake a week, and you fill 300 rx/day x 5 days = %0.06. Now consider the fact that most phone-in Rx’s are by people who have zero medical knowledge and can barely speak English, or a doctor from India/China who can’t speak nor write English to save his/her life. Throw in ePrescribing with adding technology to a technological illiterate profession with tiny mouse pointers and drop-down drug lists and you have yourself a class-A clusterfuck. I would say that pharmacists everywhere are doing a pretty damn good job keeping the error rate down.
This is all beside the point, the USA Today article blows autistic donkey ass. Talk about a piece of shit written article. Why don’t they do a fucking article about the Walgreen pharmacist who saved a life by warning the doctor that Mrs Jones was getting Amioderone from her cardiologist and her GP put her on Warfarin. Or that idiot dermatologist who thinks that Doxycycline + Accutane is a good idea (go look up that interaction and tell me if thats not in left field). Or the 100 billion drugs that causes QT-prolongation with Erythromycin. What about that 5 day old baby who’s life was saved because the fucking pharmacist saw the mother getting the pedicare liquid and told her to just put a vaporizer in the room instead of doping up the kid. Oh right, that doesn’t get ratings so they don’t fucking publish it.
A pharmacist was overworked, fucked up, and now has his mistake published all over. How do you think that makes him/her feel? Oh, it doesn’t matter, because a CHILD was endangered and thats more important. Give me a fucking break. Let the USA Today do an article about the hundreds of pregnant women who drink booze and smoke and how that TRAGEDY could of been prevented. This shit is just like anything that has to do with guns, they only publish when some kid gets his head blown off for being an idiot and ignore the 99.5% of cases that they are used for self defensive purposes.
Fuck you USA Today. I’m tired of your and the media’s sensational bullshit that you produce and spit out to increase your own ratings at the expense of the professions/lives of others. Mistakes happen, and the first one that I made was going to your fucking website.