Sunday, September 15, 2013

Working With Clowns

 Some people think we are a bunch of clowns...........

I work in a pharmacy and I've been in an outpatient pharmacy for the last four years.
I never realized how much people misunderstand the terms brand name and generic.

Even before I became a technician six years ago, I always compared over
the counter (otc) medications to see what was actually in them. Benadryl (an antihistamine)
is diphenhydramine which is also found in Tylenol PM and other otc sleep aids.
Get it?

Synthroid is levothyroxine, Synthroid is the brand, levothyroxine is the generic name for Synthroid. Levoxyl, Levothroid, Unithroid, Tirosint are also brand names of levothyroxine.
Get it?

So when we tell someone we don't have that medication, that means we don't have the
brand or the generic for that brand.(We work with a formulary for outside scripts.)
Get it?

Also when it comes to birth control...when the script says "substitutions allowed" that does not mean we can pick any birth control. It has to be a perfect match chemically. There are so many combinations of female hormones in them and then the
percentages of each hormone can differ widely.
Get it?

There's one other pet peeve about working in a pharmacy, how can a patient with TEN prescriptions expect their's to be typed, scanned, filled, and checked in the same amount of time of ONE prescription for another patient?? and then there's the patient with ONE prescription who wants to know why his is taking so long, well someone in
front of you brought in THIRTEEN!!!
Get it?

Even though there are many problem patients,
we have many pleasant happy patients who greatly
appreciate our service and for those we are so
happy to go that extra mile !

That's a lot of boxes!
Climb that mountain Soldier!

Finally, breakfast.
Stick my tongue at you.
Ummm, what next?
What's going on now?

I'm the normal one.

Well maybe not!

Some people think we clown around too much!

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