Today was a regular day at the grind. I type, count, fill, check, answer, count, count, check, answer, et cetera in various scripts all day long. I read other pharmacistâ€™s blogs, and I realize I am pretty lucky. I get 30 minutes for lunch. I donâ€™t have to sneak to the back and swallow a sandwich when I find 4 minutes in between faxes. I close the shutters, lock the door, and eat whatever I want. Hell, I can even leave and go get something if I choose. Some days, shit runs over and my 30 minutes turns into 20 because Iâ€™m ringing out or finishing up some other detail. Today was one of those days.
At 1:29:30pm a lady runs up and hands me a script. Not just a normal script, but a script thatâ€™s actually a bunch of little bitty ones written in handy-dandy grids. 6 in all. Wow. â€œIâ€™m sorry maâ€™am but Iâ€™m leaving for lunch. This is gonna have to wait until 2pm when I get back.â€ Her response was classic, â€œAre you serious? Iâ€™m here before you close. Canâ€™t you do it really quickly?â€ Iâ€™m fucking starving at this point. â€œYou have 6 prescriptions on here. Itâ€™s going to take me at least 20 or 30 minutes to do these. I have to get something to eat. Iâ€™m here by myself today.â€ I had a tech, but she was already out the door for lunch. Lucky bitch. â€œI donâ€™t think itâ€™s fair of me to have to wait for more than an hour thenâ€¦if you are leaving.â€ WHAT? FUCK THIS! â€Maâ€™am, Iâ€™ve been here since 8am. Itâ€™s now 1:30. Iâ€™m going to leave for 30 minutes for lunch. Then Iâ€™m coming back for 6 more hours. Did you get to eat lunch yet? I havenâ€™t.â€ Sympathy always gets em! â€œWell, can you tell me the cost then before you leave and Iâ€™ll come back tonite?â€ Sure thing! Taco Bell here I come!
Hereâ€™s where the shit gets twisted though. I look at this script and the god damn thing is photocopied. Itâ€™s a COPY! Itâ€™s for normal stuff. No controls. Just Lisinopril, Lovastatin, HCTZ, SL NTG, ASA, and something else. Why the fuck did this bitch steal 5 minutes of my lunch for a photocopy?
â€œMaâ€™am. It appears thereâ€™s a problem. This looks like a photocopy to me. Iâ€™m going to have to call the doctorâ€™s office and verify the information on the prescription.â€
â€œAre you serious? He gave it to meâ€¦ughâ€¦just give it here. Iâ€™ll just take it to Walgreens. Theyâ€™ll fill itâ€¦â€
Okay. Here you goâ€¦Best of luckâ€¦See you at Taco Bellâ€¦
Which brings me to my next pointâ€¦why the threat? Do you think I give two shits if you take your script to a Walgreens down the street? Hell no. I fill 50 or 500 scripts a day I get paid the same salary. No food off my table.
The real question is: Do you want to wait 15 minutes here or 90 minutes at Walgreens?
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