By SSeizeTheDay - 03/05/2013 20:52 - United States - Medford
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Pharmacists have a little more perspective than we do when it comes to prescribed medications. He/she could have been referring to the 1 of 2 teens he/she sees at who are prescribed to Adderall, which is an epidemic. I'm thinking OP just misunderstood his pharmacist. There's just no basis for accusing a teen of faking a need for seizure medications... Unless he's getting valium or Ativan. Those can be recreational. Either way, come on with the 'make a formal complaint' shit. What happened to just telling someone off yourself? And 'sue-happy'? Since when can you sue someone for making a snide remark?
The formal complaints are to keep a professional in line - what if one day he had a patient with a mental illness & epilepsy & his ridiculous statement caused the patient to not take the drugs? There are a thousand different scenarios where his personal opinion instead of him acting like a professional could cause people to be very sick or even die. If he doesn't like or understand illnesses he shouldn't be a pharmacist.
#67, that's why I think there might be a misinterpretation on OP's part. The only job a Pharmacist (a title with 8+ yrs of college education behind it) has is to understand medications. It's hard for me to believe he was including OP when he was complaining about teens with phantom illnesses because seizure medications are one of the few that are indisputably necessary. Maybe OP was talking to a tech rather than the actual pharmacist. It's just too ridiculous.
73: in my experience in life, I've found jerks are jerks. If you have 8+ years of education doesn't make you a nicer person. I have a family member with a severe pain problem & during the quest to try and help her we've met many amazing professionals & a few absolute asshats as well. This FML rings true to me from that experience. I could write a book on the ignorant things those kinds of "professionals" say to young, sick people.
I married a pharmacist. He works relief so he usually has 60 hour work weeks including multiple 12 hour shifts without breaks. They require by law to have a pharmacist in the building at all times so he can't even leave to grab lunch around the corner. People are constantly getting angry with him over something he didn't do or had no control over, but he's free to be bitched, except he isn't free. The phone is ringing, the fax machine is going, and some jerk wants to buy a coke at the empty pharmacy cause he has nothing better to do. People ask questions about OTC stuff that when explained still don't understand and then he gets berated for not knowing an abbreviation on bottom of the bottle referring to the manufacturing of the product. All I can do as his wife is pop him a beer when he gets home and give him dinner usually at 9:45 pm because he never gets home early enough for a normal dinner. Be nice to your pharmacist they have to deal with angry narcotic addicts all day and prick doctors that don't respect them, and a fuck load more. So shut up and try to understand how they feel. He is more than a pill counter, and you'r meds require more than just a sticker!
That still doesn't excuse someone to be rude to someone who isn't doing anything to them. be rude back to the people that are being jerks not the normal people that aren't berating you. what about the pharmacists to deny people prophylactics or birth control because they don't *believe* they should be buying it. I've dealt with good pharmacists; I absolutely adore the one I have now he's a wonderful person. The girl that was working before him was a nice person but a shitty pharmacist I've dealt with doctors too that prescribe me pain medication for fibromialgia and when I had to bring my daughter to the office with me he told me that she's going to grow up to be a drug addict because I'm on pain medication yeah there's a line of professionalism that shouldn't be crossed for some people and I'm sorry but that pharmacist crossed it.
Bullshit it's a mild ailment. Leena you obviously don't know a single person with epilepsy. And let me tell you a medical condition that has Brain Surgery as a treatment option is not a mild ailment. You try living with seizures for 14 years and have three surgeries THEN tell me it's just a mild ailment.
Ha! How on earth could my comments be taken seriously? That is PRECISELY my point. OP didn't go in with the "man flu" they went in for anti-seizure medication. I work with children, some who have epilepsy, one little girl had such bad seizures she had to have a hemispherectomy. This is serious stuff, and it is outrageous that a pharmacist doesn't know better.
In retrospect it probably was the pharmacy tech who made the comment, I'm never sure who's who behind the counter. Regardless, I'll be calling the store in the morning to report them and figure out if I need to do anything else to get their ass fired. Also, just for the record epilepsy is far from a "mild ailment". I consider myself lucky that I've come away from most of my seizures scoff free. But even so, I've broken three ribs, had a concussion, and incurred facial scarring from falling when I seize. Not to mention that my short term memory is shot to hell and with every seizure I have I run the risk of further cognitive decline. But yeah, the medicine is definitely unnecessary. Right.