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Flu Shot Follies…its that time of year again!

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 10:22 pm on Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A full month earlier than last year, Flu shots officially started today.  I am compeltely exausted after my 13 hour day.  While I had been doing a smattering of them in the last couple of weeks, most insurance companies hadn’t loaded the necessary payment codes for us to bill, so those I have filled have mostly been cash.  Everybody has been waiting til TODAY to get ready…set ….GO!    And off to the races we go.

I did over 40 of them today.  Bless the intern I had because with company’s assinine labor model they have given me, I was to have ME and my TECH…and thats all.  Piss on all of them…but thats another post..for another day…

THIS one is for a classic moment that came nearly at the end of the day.  This husband and wife came in and asked for their shots.  They were very cute, young yuppy, D.I.N.K.s.  and both very nice.   He was kind of a combo yuppy he-man.  I gave him his shot in his well tattooed arm and put the bandaid over the site. He looked over at the bandaid and said “Hmmm..thats all? just a plain old bandaid?  not even BAT-Man or something?” 

Being very snarky by that time of the night, I said ” Dude, you better be careful or you’ll be walking out of here wearing  a Hello Kitty bandaid in bright pink!”  His wife just roared with laughter…and he reached into his pocket and grabbed his keys….which had a…




Hello Kitty Key chain!  

I have him the Hello Kitty bandaid.


Comment by rxkerber

September 2, 2009 @ 12:24 am

absolutely hilarious!

Comment by Dr. Grumpy

September 2, 2009 @ 4:54 am

I like the Batman ones.

Comment by Brant

September 2, 2009 @ 6:42 am

Hi, I have a question I hope you would be willing to answer. I see you screen the comments so I don’t nessicarly wanted this posted. if that’s ok.

I’ve been reading alot about certain generic depression meds not working as well as the brand names. I also say you mention that you dispenced generic zoloft but was really relabled brand.
I am also on Zoloft. I took it about 10 years ago and it worked great. Then I was taking the brand. Now I am on it again as a generic and it dosn’t appear to work the same. (But it’s still better than anything else I’ve tried.)
The bottle say’s it’s manufactured by Greenwood. Are you familur with them? Have you heard any negatives about generic Zoloft?
Also I’m taking 150mg. I have to cut the tablet. I don’t recall doing that before. Is the 150mg tablet not made anymore?

Thanks for your time. And I understand if you would be uncomfortable answering this for me.

Brant: What you probably mean is “Greenstone” because I have never heard of Greenwood…and Greenstone IS ZOLOFT. same tablets from same factory. If its not working for you as well, then its likely your body is just more resistant to is over time and this happens with antidepressants. Zoloft has never been available in a 150mg tab in the US that I am aware of…just 25, 50 and 100mg. There will be a never ending debate about substitution because the the mind is very powerful. Even if the bloodwork were to show that you had the same blood levels of the questioned drug, IF you feel it doesn’t work as well…then it doesn’t. I quit arguing with patients about this a long time ago.
The one antidepressant that seemed to have issues with substitution was Wellbutrin SR. and Wellbutrin XL Thankfully none of my patients complained but I’ve seen a ton of internet anectotes about problems.

Comment by Katrina

September 2, 2009 @ 5:43 pm

that is too funny!

Comment by The Ole' Apothecary

September 5, 2009 @ 11:38 am

You just gave me an idea, PC–why not have special post-immunization bandages that read “I got my shot at Pharmacy Chick’s” along with your company logo or whatever?
That is absolutely brilliant! I’ll bounce that off the powers that be…they may actually think its a good idea

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