Friday, April 12, 2013


A woman steps up to the DROP OFF window. That's where you DROP OFF your new prescription so we can fill it. Later you go to the PICK UP window to PICK UP your medication. Oddly enough, you'd be surprised how often people DON'T SEEM TO GET THIS.

Back to the story...

"I have a question for you about my medication," she says.

"Sure, what's your last name?" I ask. I'm at the computer ready to pull up her file so that I can give her an educated answer with her information in front of me.

"Oh, I don't get my medication here. I get it at Busy-as-Hell pharmacy across the street. They're always busy and don't have time to answer my questions."

I stare at her, blankly. I'm waiting for the question. She stares back. Ten seconds pass. I give in.

"Sooooo, do you have a list of your medications?" That's a reasonable question. How can I answer her question without knowing what she is taking?

"Well, I can see by the look on your face that YOU DON'T WANT TO HELP ME.

The look on my face was bewilderment. What's she asking me to do is counsel her on medication(s) she received from a competitor across the street. I don't mind helping, but as I then said to her, "I'm trying to help you, but you have to give me something to go on since you're not a patient here."

"I don't know WHY I ever bother with YOUR pharmacy. YOU don't give good service!" she belts out. 

She's NEVER filled a prescription with us. NOT ONE TIME.

Where's those vacation brochures again?

1 comment:

bcmigal said...

I am surprised that she did not ask you to "connect" to her profile at the other pharmacy. Same with mail order..."can' t you just look it up my records in their system"? One of my favorites last week ...a irate person called and accused us of allowing his new doctor to access his profile from the office computer. Huh? That MD must be a master hacker. But, I guess, nothing should surprise me anymore.