This guy brought us a prescription. It was for Glipizide ER 5mg po qd. The other pharmacist received the Rx (it was my day off) and told the man that it he was going to have to call the doctor to verify the order because Glipizide calls itself XL and not ER (and it was Friday). He told the patient that he wanted to make sure the doctor wasnâ€™t meaning another medicine (what that could be, I donâ€™t know). Heâ€™s an older, cautious pharmacist. He makes people wait sometimes because heâ€™s a little slow when it comes to pulling the trigger, and that irritates people. But, I can promise you one thing, he wonâ€™t make a mistake. He gets shit right the first time. Anyway, this was at 8pm.
It was sent my way. I called the MD today and they said yup, itâ€™s supposed to be XL po qd. Everything is correct as is (I of course noted my call in red ink on the Rx - and that it was correct). So, I filled it and had it ready by 10 or 11am today. The patient came in around 5pm to pick it up. My tech was in the process of checking him out, and he asked how many tablets. She told him 30. He immediately became livid. â€œTHATâ€™S ONLY A 15 DAY SUPPLY! You mean I have to come back in two weeks and pay the same copay? This is ridiculous! What kinda stuff are you people trying to pull? Blah Blah Blah!â€
I, of course, intervened and sent the tech to do something else. I pulled out the bottle and showed the person it was for a 30 days supply (he wouldnâ€™t listen to my experienced tech because, of course, she doesnâ€™t know shit - sheâ€™s a tech! Right? Riiiiight). He began yelling at me that it was supposed to be for 60 and taken BID (he even said BID - itâ€™s so cute when they learn medical jargon isnâ€™t it?). I told him I called the doctor myself to verify the script and the nurse, Donna (I even produced her name - +1 for me), confirmed everything on the prescription. He didnâ€™t believe me, of course, because pharmacists arenâ€™t trustworthy. So, I dug out the script and showed him. He couldnâ€™t believe that the doctor did this to him! He even went as far as telling me he could die because of this screw up. I told him that was unlikely, and I would call again tomorrow to verify it all AGAIN. Nope, not good enough. I â€œhad my chanceâ€ as he so eloquently put it.
He wanted the script back. He was going to Walgreens! I told him it would be a minute because I would have to remove the label from the back, and that can sometimes be a delicate process (our stickers will destroy a script - why is the glue so strong? Hell if I know). I started to remove it, and it was going to tear the Rxâ€¦probably rip it in half. The paper was cheap. The glue was dried. He told me to, â€œjust give him the damn thing.â€ He went on to berate me for, â€œfilling it wrong.â€ I profusely apologized for filling the prescription exactly as the doctor had written it and next time I would ask him for suggestions first.
â€œIâ€™m going to Walgreens. Theyâ€™ll fill it like I tell them to!â€
Fellow pharmacists. For this schmuck to think that someone would fill an Rx differently because the patient said so means, to me, that someone must have done that before for him. Tell me this is NOT true.
I told him good luck and sent him on his way. He would need luck for Walgreens to fill a prescription with my sticker on the back, my handwriting on the front in red ink stating, â€œRx verified by Donna to be Glipizide XL 5mg po qd on 5/7/07 at 9:25am,â€ and on top of all else, itâ€™s damn near torn all the way through from my â€™sticker removal attemptâ€™. Did I mention heâ€™ll have to wait about an hour if they will fill it at all? The closest Walgreens fills about 800 a day (prolly more on Mondayâ€¦The first Monday of the month even).
Can you imagine it? â€œUhh, well my doctor wrote Ibuprofen 800mg #20, but he meant to put Vicodin #120. He told me to tell you.â€
â€œOkay, lemme get that ready for you.â€ Whateverâ€¦
Roger Clemens is a no-good piece of shit. I donâ€™t care if heâ€™s one of the greatest pitchers of all time. I donâ€™t care if heâ€™ll be first ballot for the Hall-of-Fame with 96% approval. We are more than a month into the season. Some teams have been through their rotation 7 times already. Heâ€™s strung along these teams since before spring training with his bullshit quotes like, â€œIf I do come back itâ€™ll only be with the Astros, Yankees, or RedSox.â€ Heâ€™s bantered and bartered for money with all three. Other teams contacted his agent to offer more money, and they spat at them. Listen up Clemens, if you want to be a part of the team then join the damn team. Donâ€™t think about joining the team. Donâ€™t say youâ€™re going to join the team. Donâ€™t think about saying your going to join the team. Join the damn team. Play baseball. Baseball has given you hundreds of millions of dollars, endorsement deals, fans, praise, and Iâ€™m sure some hookers on the side, and this is how you treat our national past time - with this amount of contempt? Eat shit.
As of right now the Red Sox are doing great. Theyâ€™re 20-10 and 5 games plus ahead of the Yankees. The Astros are struggling. They are 13-17 and 7 plus games behind the Brewers (Holy shit, who woulda thunk it?). Iâ€™m sure they woulda liked haven the Rocket take the ball in seven of those games. It could have been a spark that made them play a little better.
Every game counts. Let me say again. EVERY GAME COUNTS. It may be a long, grueling 162-game season, but every win and loss does matter. Donâ€™t believe me? Last year the Cardinals ate shit the last month of the season. They lost something like 10 straightâ€¦TWICE! The Astros ended the season a mere 1.5 games behind the soon-to-be â€˜worstâ€™ World Series Champion of all time. Imagine where they would have ended their season with Clemens taking the hill for them 25-30 times? Might have made a big damn difference. We could be praising the Astros as world champs. Instead, even last year, he dicked around and FINALLY signed with the â€˜Stros three-quarters of the way through the season. He started 19 games. He won 7, lost 6. Not too good, but extrapolate that to 30. He woulda (statistically) won 11 games and lost 9. Add those wins to the totals. The Astros make the playoffs 0.5 games ahead of the Cardinals. Fuck you, Roger Clemens. Iâ€™m glad Iâ€™m not older and have kids that would idolize you. Iâ€™d ground them for owning your baseball card. Iâ€™d berate them for uttering your name. Iâ€™d spank them for buying your jersey.
They kept Mark McGwire out of the Hall of Fame for alleged steroid use (Yeah, it looks bad, but so far, thereâ€™s no real proof. All we know for sure is that he is NOT a snitch). I sincerely hope that the only way you ever see Cooperstown is on a map. You donâ€™t deserve it. Not for this shit. Not for doing it this way. I hate you.
Loving baseball since little league,
Slinging pills to pay the bills,
The Angriest Pharmacist