...but I didn't have one today.
It was another busy day at the pharmacy. And in our technician crisis, The Authorities pass around a floater tech known as Tim. Apparently he can do more damage that way.
Tim is a nice guy. He'll do anything for you. You would like him. Everyone does. But he's a lousy tech.
Today Tim the Tech is there at the drop off window when a lady from Urgent Scare (or is it Urgent Care -- I can't decide which is more descriptive) comes in with two new prescriptions. Tim wants to know how long it will be. I tell him we're backed up and to tell the lady an hour.
So Tim marches back over to the window and tells her 20 minutes. Then Tim proceeds to spend the next 12 minutes typing up the two prescriptions (and for those of you not familiar with "pharmacy time," that was pretty much a decade on the outside world).
Because of the train that is retail pharmacy continues to smoke it's way down the track... the fact that Tim has wasted so much time on these TWO scripts has heated up the pressure cooker. At minute 15, the lady has appeared at the window. Tim looks at me and I kindly say to him, "That's why I told you to tell her an hour."
I quickly fill the prescriptions because Tim the Tech has not moved an inch but rather chosen the moment to reflect on what I just said. Tim does that on occasion. He zones out.
I finish filling and HAND HIM... in other words, I put the TWO prescriptions DIRECTLY into his hands... and tell him to check the lady out.
He walks over to the register, gets payment, then calls me over for a counsel. I walk over and counsel her. She had bought some other items which were in a grocery bag and I put the TWO medications in the grocery bag. She leaves, happy that she gets to go home and get better.
A few minutes later I noticed that a bottle of Norco I had filled and hour before and put on the counter was missing. The paper work was still there, but the bottle was gone.
I asked Tim the Tech about it, and he had no memory of removing it. I called the patient... the one that was just there and found out that she did indeed have a third bottle (the Norco) in her bag. She agreed NOT to take any of the medication and bring it back. I sealed the deal with the promise of a gift card.
At least I know what happened... but I'm not sure why. For reasons unknown, Tim the Tech turned around and grabbed the third bottle of medication and put it into the lady's bag. He has no explanation of why he did it.
I do, however. He's a bad tech and now just proved himself to be a dangerous tech. I'd like to say that this is an isolated incident, but it isn't. Tim is known as "Tim the Terrible Tech" all around the tri-county area, and this is a good example of why.
So let me thank you, great pharmacy technicians, that are out there. We appreciate your hard work and your dedication to the safety of the patients. We appreciate the fact that you get it right, over and over, and in a lot of cases, you save our butts when the pharmacist makes a stupid mistake.