Now I don’t mind explaining to people how their medication works, how to take it, and what it does. Its part of the job, and to be honest /most/ pharmacists really enjoy doing things like that (if they arent swamped to all hell). We go to school to learn stuff to share with the general population and a more educated patient is a happier (and more dangerous) patient to both themselves, the doctor, and us.
However when you bring fucking filled Rx’s in from ANOTHER pharmacy or mail order place (fuck you Liberty Medical) and expect me to take time out of MY day to explain Rx’s that someone else made some cash off of, I start to get upset.
Mail order joints (fuck you Liberty Medical) are the absolute worst of them all. I don’t get paid by Liberty Medical (fuck you) to sit there and explain to you how to work your nebulizer or some proprietary piece of shit blood glucose monitor that only YOU can get the strips for. You got it from Liberty Medical (die) so YOU can call them up and have them explain to you over the phone how to use this piece of shit. I don’t care if you saw a TV commercial and called the fucking number, YOU deal with it, not ME.
Where in the fuck do mail order places get off thinking that I’m their bitch. What pisses me off absolutely the most is when they TELL the patient to bring their drugs/devices/etc into their local pharmacy and receive instruction on how to use it. You know what, FUCK YOU AND DIE. You dispensed it, so YOU TELL THEM HOW TO FUCKING USE IT. Oh? You’re in another state? Wait, let me bring a fucking 2L of ‘I dont give a fuck’ to your pity party.
The best is when the patient comes in with a blood glucose monitor and has no idea how to use it. The patient gets maybe 1 Rx, 2 at the very most from you (and even then it was filled 3 months ago). They come up with a Nation-Wide-Chain Rx label on the box the monitor came in and tell you “the pharmacist was too busy at Nation-Wide-Chain to explain to me how to use it, can you show me?”
At first glance I want to say “No, go back there and MAKE the son of a bitch cock-sucker show you how to use it. What do I look like? His fucking lackey bitch who does the grunt work while he makes the money?” Alas common sense and ethics kick in and I end up being a big pussy and showing him/her how to use the machine. ALTHOUGH I do stick in the rib-jab of “You know, if you get your stuff filled here you won’t have to deal with someone who obviously doesn’t care about your well being to show you how to use it.” TAP – 1 / Dildo Chain – 0
Really, this post makes me sound like a grade-A asshole that shouldn’t of gone into pharmacy. However take a second and think of all the time we spend on the phone answering questions FOR FREE, how must OTC advice we give out FOR FREE, and the only concrete way to earn money that will pay for food on our table is by filling Rx’s. Its bad enough that we’re one of the only professions that gives out tons of information FOR FREE that we went to college to exclusively learn (why cant Lawyers or Doctors be the same way?), but do we also have to deal with the lazyness factor of our own profession? Do I have to take up the slack because someone ‘didn’t have enough time’ to explain something (and made the dispensing fee off of it) or is in some warehouse in another state? Its not that I nor the people who agree with me don’t wish to help people, but we have our hands full with OUR patients who come to US and ONLY US without having to deal with the overflow of shit from mail order places that dont give 2 flying fucks to Sunday about patient care. Patients are just an ID and an Rx number to these mail order places. There is no patient contact, no patient care. They make pharmacy look like a fucking industry rather than a profession. Fuck mail order joints, and fuck Liberty Medical with their fancy commercials that trick old retarded folk into getting their shit from them.
PS: Fuck Liberty Medical, the horse they rode in on, and their fucking commercials. I’m tired of cleaning up their shit and doing their job.