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A retrospective look at 3 years, 200+ entries, and a whole lot of booze & tears

Once in a while I’ll do these retrospective posts after reading some of the old entries that I have made.  Think of it as a “Final Thoughts” like Jerry Springer does (only this is FAR from my final thought).  This isn’t a space filler so the site will have new content for you to read when I’m short on rants *ahem* but some deep thoughts from yours truly.

I have painted a colorful picture of Pharmacy.  I have exposed all of the crap, the drama, and the daily pain that pharmacy schools pretend don’t exist or your pharmacist cant talk about while in the store.  Despite how much of an asshole you think I am, or wonder how or why I’m even a pharmacist, you too have gotten a clear idea of what goes on behind that counter.  You have realized that we are more than just pill counters and the ignorant bitches of doctors.  Other pharmacists realize that they are not alone in the sea of stupidity with sparse slowly-sinking lifeboats littered about that we all tightly clench onto.

But what really makes doing this whole blogging thing worth while (along with keeping my sanity, god knows its not the ad revenue check – $1 menu here I come) is that some of you out there will look at your pharmacist with a new light.  I hope its a positive light (and not think that we’re all a bunch of raging assholes).  I hope you’ll be more understanding when things don’t go correctly or smoothly and once in a while give us a thanks (or a box of candy, we love candy.  Booze also works well too).

I’ve been reading the Raging Server (http://www.ragingserver.com), and doing so has given me a whole new respect to Waiters/Waitresses/Waitripeople.  They deal with the same shit that I deal with, so I tip better because of it.  I wish other people in other professions would write what their day is /really/ like so we can get an understanding of how their jobs are similar to ours and would give us just a tiny bit more restraint before we blow up at them for doing something that we don’t like.

Just a thought.  Fuck Perdue and Liberty Medical.

Arg, funny entry went poof.

Alright.  I tried to lighten things up a bit by posting a funny entry that I did over a year ago but never made public.  Unfortunately I got the YEAR wrong when I set the date upon which to publish it.  Its visible, just back with entries dated around the end of 1/2007.  Go team me.

Those who are signed up for email notifications already know about it, but for the rest of you I’ll just link the post here (to keep from breaking the links in the notification emails).

Ads, bills, the usual

One of the problems with writing entries that piss off a big portion of the online community is that you draw a ton of people to your site.  That little diabetic stint along with pissing off most of the chain pharmacists pushed my web hosting bill through the roof.  Yeah, I’m a pharmacist.  Yeah, I make “a lot” of money.  However when a website starts to chip more and more away at your income, you need to stem the bleeding eventually.

I mean I love the attention and all and its sorta neat to be such a famous-yet-totally-unknown pharmacist, however love doesn’t pay the bills.  So, to keep me ranting and out of the poor house, I put google ads on the sidebar over there ——->  They are stupid, text only, and actually have things to do with pharmacy (go figure).  Click on them if you’re interested, if not then just ignore them.

I don’t rant because I want the ad money, I dont rant for the attention or the notoriety, I rant because it keeps me sane, and it shows other pharmacists (and students) out there that you’re not alone in dealing with the cesspool of stupidity known as the ‘general public’.

So I hope you don’t view this as me selling-out or cashing in.  I’m just trying to keep my head above water for something that I love doing and preventing me from becoming a raging alcoholic puppy-kicker.

Oh, and I don’t really have any control over the ads they show, so if you see any for online pharmacies or mail order places, remember that they are paying for ads while I am receiving money for ads.  I still hate online and mail-order places.

Site Changes, Announcements, etc

Hi Pharmacists/Doctors/Students/General Public

As you can see, the site has changed a bit to add some new features.

  • You can actually create an account/login to the site for commenting.  Doing so will (or should) make your comments appear automatically (vs me having to approve them).  If you are a frequent commenter, this should make your life a ton easier.  If spammers hijack this i’ll turn it off though. πŸ™  Sign-in page link is in upper right sidebar.
  • Site search works again (hooray!).
  • Soon you will be able to subscribe to individual entries, so you will get email notification when someone else comments (vs having to check a bunch to see if there are any new comments).
  • As always, you can get email notification when a new post is made via the usual menu —> that way.

Other things:

  • I have a bunch of questions mailed to me for “Ask the Angry Pharmacist”.  Be patient and i’ll get to them.  About 50 of you emailed me the first day.
  • If you have a topic you wish for me to bitch about, feel free to email me (druglord@theangrypharmacist.com) and i’ll see what I can do.  I always like to trash on Pharmacy School classes.
  • I’ve been contemplating putting ads on the site to help pay for the hosting (or a “buy me booze” paypal button to donate to the site), but I’m still sorta mulling this over.  Suggestions?

Be on the lookout for a nice hefty rant about how we are all going to get screwed over the first of the year.

I hate Movable Type

Decided to change the layout on the site to something with less pictures. Turns out my hosting bill was through the roof because of all the nice background pictures on the site. Plus people were getting errors from the search and a bunch of other stuff didnt work right.
I managed to screw everything up. The main site looks fine, but the individual pages are all messed up style wise. Computers ranks up there with whiny crackheads in my book. I cant win.

Housekeeping Rambling – Year 2

Hi all! Its been a long 2 years since I started this site!
Once in a while I’ll do these housekeeping posts to inform all of the new viewers at home exactly what this site (i hate the word blog) is about, how to contact me, etc.
I am, as you can probably guess, a pharmacist. I work in the very bad part of town. I use this site to vent my frustration at the world and the public in general. I like to think of myself as the patron saint of retail pharmacy. I believe I am the first angry pharmacist on the internet, but that may be a push between myself and the DrugNazi.
To answer some questions you may have:

  • No, I am not this rude to my patients. I may have no problem shitting on the ground, I do have a problem shitting where I sleep.
  • No, I don’t hate doctors. There’s always a few out of the bunch that really piss me off, thats focused on them. Not those of you at home reading this. I know you doctors are spying on me from the comfort of your nice baby seal skin chair.
  • No, I don’t hate drug reps….. okay, thats a lie, i really do hate drug reps. Sorry, they make my life hell. If you’re a drug rep and reading this, I’m sorry, I hate your profession (not you personally). If you were unemployed maybe drugs would be cheaper for the rest of us. Plus doctors would actually have to use professional judgement, common sense, and brains (*gasp*) when looking at new medications rather than spoon feeding them what they want to hear via your large breasts and low cut tops. *shrug* Eat a dick. Should of given me those nice ‘doctor’ pens you hide from us. You know, the heavy ones that come in the little felt sleeve.
  • My email is druglord@thissitename.com I’m sure you can guess what ‘thissitename’ is. I get enough junk email making fun of my small penis and tiny breasts so you’ll have to use knowledge to email me (added bonus: weeds out the retards). You can email me pretty much anything. Questions, comments, nude photos you might be considering sending to penthouse but need another opinion, anything!
  • Unlike the DrugNazi, this site is for pharmacy related stuff, not political bantering and soapbox. I may get on the soapbox when it relates to pharmacy, but not on other stuff. I know i’ll piss you off with my views, so i’ll keep them to myself.
  • No, I dont know the DrugNazi. I keep on telling him to email me so we can go out on a drunken angry pharmacist escapade, but he’s too busy being angry at the world as he bends over for one of the corpo-mega-chains.
  • I use bad words. My mother reads this site and is ashamed that I use such foul language. She also doesn’t work with the public. Silly mom.
  • I’m not good with computers. I just click the little “Save” button and magically my words appear on my webpage. Dont ask me computer questions unless it involves Foundation Systems Inc pharmacy software. I’m good at that. If any of you at home work for them, drop me a line, I want to say hi. I might even plug your software here.
    In the past few years, this site has gone from getting about 10 views a day (mostly by me) to a metric (not imperial) buttload of views. What do I think about this? IM FUCKING FAMOUS! HOLLYWOOD HERE I COME-or maybe not. Hell, someone even created a site called theangriestpharmacist! Talk about riding in on my coattails! Sorry pal, unless you make the 10:00 news going on a killing rampage of minority welfare children I have you beat in the anger department hands down.
    I would however like for you to tell your pharmacy friends about this site so they can get a chuckle and realize that they are not alone floating in the sea of stupidity. I know most of you have, but I know a few of you are slow and need a little prodding.. “Go! Shoo! Fax this to your friends.. go now! Its okay! Mush!”

  • Amgen: Fucking over the little guys one wholesaler at a time.

    Got a call from a fellow classmate of mine. He had quite a large bitch that he wanted me to make “public”.
    Turns out Amgen is not shipping any of their dropship items (Enbrel, etc) to pharmacies UNLESS the pharmacy orders it through one of their “approved” (read bribed) wholesalers. His independent wholesaler was not on the list. I got in contact with said wholesaler and they told me that Amgen basically told them to go piss up a rope, and for the pharmacy to switch wholesalers.
    Now for those of you not in pharmacy, Enbrel is a drop-shipped item. Meaning you order it through your wholesaler, and Amgen ships the medication directly to the pharmacy. The wholesaler does not stock the medication. It goes from Amgen -> Pharmacy. All the wholesaler does is handle the billing aspect and money exchange, thats it. Has nothing to do with this ‘pedigree’ mutual masturbation clusterfuck.
    I have no idea if this applies to other Amgen that wholesalers stock (like Epogen).
    So, the small independent pharmacies, wanting to stick to their loyal independent wholesalers, cannot order any Amgen products any longer. All because some motherfucking douche decided to get some bribes from McKesson, Kinray, and HD Smith. Fuck Amgen.
    I’ll let you know how this turns out. He’s got every independent phoning, emailing, and threatening to cut off Amgen completely unless their wholesaler gets added. Of course i’m not helping Amgen either.. πŸ™‚