Saturday, August 19, 2017

We were Open 12 Hours Today


I closed the pharmacy last night at 9pm. I was halfway down the aisle when some guy said "You're closed? I need my medicine."

I replied, "I'm sorry. I've been here 12 hours and I need to go home," as I kept walking out. 

I assume there will now be a complaint.

Friday, August 18, 2017

This is me...


Trying to keep up with the
workload on Monday morning...

...and failing.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The FUTURE of Pharmacy

Eventually, all co-pays will be zero. 

We see it now with birth control and a lot of Medicare patient medications. Once we're all on government assistance with the New World Order, all co-pays will be reduced to zero. Reimbursements from the government will fall below the cost to fill the medication as mandated by law. Pharmacies will fail to make a profit. Many will close. The remaining ones will be taken over by the government... one by one, until all pharmacies are government-run. 

There will be no more brand medication and no incentive to create new drugs because there will be no profit. Without profit, no one will invest in drug development. The only drugs available will be shoddy generics, and the government will only allow the purchase of the cheapest of the cheap in their newly owned pharmacies. 

Getting medications filled within minutes, or even the same day, will be a relic of the past. Without any incentive to work, your pharmacist and technicians will move just slightly faster than your local worker at the post office or DMV. We'll all have that same expression on our face... dull, tired, and worn out... and a lot worse than you see now. 

Without new drugs... and consequently new antibiotics, bacteria will mutate... and will get stronger and tougher to kill. More people will die because there will be no incentive to create better drugs.

Eventually, we'll all die from a Super Bug, all because no one wanted to pay for medication.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

IT'S FOR ADELINE!

I answer the phone. 

"Is this a Pharmacist?" an elderly lady asks. 

Yes. 

"Yeah you fill a prescription for my neighbor. She needs a refill."

Ok. What's her name?

"Adeline. Are you a temporary pharmacist? The regular people know her."

Last name?

"Uh, I can't remember, but you would know her. She gets all her stuff there."

I'll try and figure it out. What's the medication?

"Uh, I don't know. But you should know. She gets all her meds there. It's for Adeline."

I've been working here since 2008. I don't recall a patient named Adeline. Maybe you're calling the wrong pharmacy?"

"No. She gets all her stuff there," she says, then raises her voice as if that's going to help. "IT'S FOR ADELINE."

There's another Goofmart Pharmacy down the road. They do a lot of meds for care homes. Maybe if you call them they will recognize the name. That number is...

<Click> she hangs up on me.