"Where's your Advil for children?"
"We don't have that. We have Motrin and a store brand right next to it. It's on aisle 7 there on the right."
The lady looks at me like I'm trying to pull a fast one.
"Advil and Motrin are the same thing... they're Ibuprofen," I add.
Fascinating, I think...
<Later in the day>
"What do you have for diarrhea?"
"We have Imodium. It's in white and teal packaging there on the left. There's our store brand next to it."
The guy looks at me for an uncomfortable five seconds, then asks, "For diarrhea?"
"YES," I say, perturbed. I have things to do.
This guy also gives me the Spock eyebrow gesture, doesn't get any Imodium or our generic, and walks off.
<Yet even later in the day>
"My one eye is itchy and has a lot of discharge. What do you have for it?"
"You have an infection. There isn't anything to treat it over the counter. You need to go to the doctor and get a prescription for an antibiotic. You have 'pink eye.'"
He looks at me, raising the eyebrow over his pink eye, and asks, "But what do YOU have to cure pink eye?"
"We have eye solutions and suspensions. They must be prescribed by a doctor."
"So you don't have anything out here?"
Was I not clear on this, I'm thinking. "No, you need to see a doctor."
Man wanders off, shaking his head as he leaves.
So what happened? When did people start distrusting everything the pharmacist says? At some point somebody somewhere started thinking pharmacists were lying to them and it spread around.
We don't lie. We tell you the honest truth, sometimes even if the truth hurts.
Trust your pharmacist.