As a human, I dont like to have my personal failures pointed out to me, nor do I take any joy in pointing them out in others. We all have our things we do that may not be smart, and I accept that. However, THAT BEING SAID, I do not appreciate when somebody has a failure in their life and then tries to create a situation like its my fault or I will be to blame if I dont bail them out.
“bail out”..we do a lot of that. I dont need to list them all here. If you are a pharmacist, you know how we bail out customers all the time. Whether it be vacation overrides AS THEY ARE ON THE WAY TO THE AIRPORT, or finding a way to get a med covered because they allegedly LOST it..again… we seem to be in the business of “rescue” several times a day.
Not everybody should be rescued however. Take Thursday…please..Id really not like to have that day over. For some reason Wed was slow and that created a super busy Thursday. By day’s end we were almost 50 over our normal Thursday volume. It was close to 6 ish when this guy came in. He asked for me by name which was odd because the only thing we had ever done for him was one flu shot. I remembered him vaguely as being a pretty nice guy. He handed me a bottle from a store several states over. Lisinopril 10mg # 30….One daily… Dated Sept 26 2013. O refills remaining.
” I forgot I was out of refills” ” We moved here a couple of months ago and don’t have a new doctor yet. What can you do for me?” Wow, I thought that was interesting verbiage to be honest. What can you do for me? I looked at the bottle and a couple of thoughts came to mind….1) by all intents and purposes he should have run out of this med on Oct 26. Today was December 12. So roughly 45 days have passed since he should have been out, so compliance is an issue. 2) He said he moved here so his relationship with the doc would technically have ended and 3) he has no new relationship established with a new physician tho he has had 2 months to do so.
” My options are pretty limited” I said and proceeded to tell him what ” I can do ” for him. I would call his previous pharmacy and get the doc information and fax the doctor on Friday and request one more refill and see if the Doc would do that. Most likely he would unless he had some kind of acrimonious ending prior to moving or if he was grossly overdue for an appointment…..OR He could make a trip to a Urgent Care or Quickie clinic and get the doc to check his blood pressure and give him a month RX or so til he actually established care locally. He certainly didn’t want to spend any money by going to urgent care he said…. so that left option No. 1.
I took his bottle and said I would contact the office and ask if they would take care of this matter but HE should call them first thing in the am to make it a priority…after all ” they have to act before I can fill this…I can ASK, but I cannot REQUIRE.”
I hoped I had made it very clear what I was going to do, and what he should do to end up with the desired result within 24 hours.
He then said ” Arent you going to give me any meds for tonight?” ” Lets just see what the doctor says tomorrow before I have to make that decision”, I said. ” We dont know what he wants yet. So lets give it one more day”
And then the topped off this conversation with this little zinger… “ Dont you think you are putting me in harms way by denying me this med?”
If I was the store OWNER, I could have responded with a nice little zinger of my own, but I dont sign my own paychecks sadly. ” I truly dont think you are in any danger. By the date on this RX, you really should have been out in late October…one more day will not matter.”
And off he went… It wasnt an angry conversation, but he didn’t get what he wanted. I did what I felt was professionally the correct call.
The tech was dumfounded. ” Harms way??” she said. ” was he serious?”
He was essentially attempting to make his failure to refill his drugs promptly,his noncompliance, or get a new doc in a timely manner, MY PROFESSIONAL GUILT TRIP.
And, I was having none of it. One flu shot does not make him my responsiblilty. And certainly he didnt feel in harms way for either going without or skipping days the last 2 and 1/2 months.
Would it have been the end of the world if I gave him 3 tabs and it was refused? no, probably not. But thats not the point here.
I am not properly packed…Please dont send me on a guilt trip not of my own making.