Tuesday, February 20, 2018

New Pharmacy Technology at Issue

AP News: Snootyville

In a startling turn of events, a patient was caught completely off guard when his local pharmacist responded “Yes” when the patient asked at the pharmacy counter, “I left the doctor’s office about a minute ago. They sent over a prescription for me. Is it ready?”

“It’s new tech developed as a result from experiments with the collider at CERN,” local pharmacist Crazy RxMan revealed. “It allows us to manipulate time and space. We’re actually able to fill all prescriptions instantaneously now. Waiting for your prescriptions is no longer an issue at Goofmart Pharmacy.”

Concerned safety groups have lodged complaints at the use of such technology, citing The Mandela Effect. “Manipulating the fabric of space WILL have negative effects,” an advocate stated. “What if we wake up one morning only to realize that Viagra doesn’t exist in our new time line?”

Other Pharmacists have also voiced concerns. “If we’re altering time and filling prescriptions outside of the normal passage of time, we’re actually doing a lot more work than we’re being paid for!” stated a pharmacist who wished to remain anonymous. "I'm not working for free!"

When this concern was directed to APhA, the American pharmacist advocacy group replied, “Most pharmacists are already used to [doing a lot more work] now. The bigger question is how our overlords, the Pharmacy Benefit Managers, will respond to the new technology. Unless they can find a way to profit from it, they’ll make it disappear like so many other enemies of Big Pharma.”

Saturday, February 17, 2018

15 Minutes is Sufficient

This was shared with me recently on Twitter. It reads as follows:

"Please, I do not like waiting 30-40 minutes for service when 15 minutes is sufficient. Thank you, customer."

Friday, February 16, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

They Itch a Lot

One of our regular patients came by to pick up some scripts. She's really nice and is actually the wife of one of the physicians in the neighborhood.

After paying for her prescriptions, she asked me where we keep the bleach. I tell her, not expecting what's next:

"My doctor told me to fill my tub with water and add a gallon of bleach. Then I'm supposed to get in up to my neck to kill the mice."

Yes, she said mice.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Opioid Observations

These are just observations. My observations. I'm just one person. One pharmacist. My pharmacist friends agree with my observations, but they're just a handful. This isn't scientific at all.

But this is what I have observed since 2004:

* A huge increase in the number of prescriptions written for narcotics.

* We used to only stock hydrocodone/APAP in 5/325 and oxycodone 5/325. Now we stock multiple strengths of both to keep up with multiple prescriptions.

* We used to only stock oxycodone 30mg. Now we stock all strengths in large numbers to keep up with demand.

* I see an ever-increasing number of prescriptions for Norco for discomfort associated with coughing from respiratory illnesses.

* I also see an ever-increasing number of prescriptions for narcotics for routine dental procedures. (I was given Tylenol when I had my wisdom teeth out years ago).

* An ever-increasing number of prescriptions for Oxycontin (a twelve hour medication) written to take every eight hours.

* Methadone used much more frequently for the treatment of pain. 

* Very few attempts to switch patients from short-acting narcotics (like oxycodone) to fentanyl patches or Oxycontin.

So from MY perspective, we're in an opioid crisis. It seems pretty clear to me unless things are vastly different at every other pharmacy in the country. I'm not pointing fingers or suggesting who is to blame. 

I'm just observing.