The way that I was raised is that people have a First, a Middle, and a Last name. However, in certain cultures, its customary to take your mothers maiden/uncle/second cousin removed/mothers uncle’s dog/etc name and cram them all into one name that’s about 20 words long.
If you wish to have a name that takes 4 pages to write out, more power to you. However when it comes to medicine you need to use the SAME NAME EVERYWHERE. That is your doctor, your pharmacy, and your insurance company for those at home who are a bit slow (or still typing out their name to comment to this entry).
I get really annoyed when you scream at me that your Rx is not ready to go because you decide to use names 1,2 and 3 at the doctors office, while being in our system with names 1, 4 and 6 WHILE your insurance card has names 2, 3 and 4 on it. Choose a First, Middle, Last. It’s not hard, and even though you may be showing disrespect to some family member that you have never met, it will save both headaches (and your life) later on down the road.
How am I supposed to know that Jose Gonzalez Guadalupe Hernandez in our computer is REALLY the Juan Guadalupe Ortega that the doctor called in the Rx for? I mean it really doesn’t help that the insurance card that you just handed me has Jorge Juan Hernandez Ortega written on it since it doesn’t match what we have in the computer nor what the doctor called in. Sure I can look you up by your birth date, but do you know how many Maria Hernandez’s we have in the computer that were born on that date? If you choose a different name combination every single time you come in, how can we scan your profile for any interactions? Its hard enough when you go to multiple doctors and multiple pharmacies, but if you have 4 different profiles in our system alone? Are the bells ringing here? Am I making any sense? Am I the only pharmacist in the world who has to deal with patients that have 15 fucking names? Its frustrating, and its even more frustrating when you blame ME that YOU don’t use a consistent name throughout the health-care system.