Things You Should Know About A Pharmacist’s Job

    7 Things Pharmacists Wish You’d Know About Them

    Pharmacists are certainly a highly revered component of the health care system. Their job, however, is not as easy as sitting across the counter, popping pills in bags, and handing them over to customers. Being a pharmacist demands you to know about myriads of medicines and the right dosage. They have to deal with the pressure of being 100% accurate every day for any error in dosage can have some very harmful, even fatal results. Plus, being caught between sick, cranky patients, the doctors, and insurance companies is definitely not fun.

    So no, your pharmacist doesn’t spend all his time judging you as he tosses your medication in a seemingly nonchalant way. In fact, if he had it his way, there are so many things he’d like to tell you, so you can understand him better, but can’t because it just isn’t professional.

    7 Things Pharmacists Wish You’d Know About Them

    1. They Don’t Judge You

    Your pharmacist is a person who just wants to help and is not looking to judge you based on your medication.

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    If you see a pharmacist very frequently and he is able to remember your medication, or just asks you how you’re doing – it means he really does want to help. He’s certainly not looking for information to laugh about when you’re gone – whether you’re coming to buy hemorrhoid cream for yourself or Viagra for your husband.

    2. They Are Genuinely Busy

    Pharmacists work close to 14-hour shifts and process close to 100 scripts each day, making them extremely busy professionals.

    Low volume pharmacies process about 100 scripts a day. Drive-through pharmacies are even busier. Pharmacists also have to deal with insurance problems and customer-related issues. Additionally, they have to sign off on medications and ensure that customers are given the accurate dose, and if a certain customer is angry about having to pay full price, they have to deal with that too.

    Retail pharmacists have to do an average of 14-hour shifts

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    every day. Sometimes, they don’t even get to take a break or head out for a quick lunch. They have to stand for hours on end under fluorescent lights and can’t even leave since, by law, the pharmacist has to be on-site.

    Does this give your pharmacist time to play candy-crush saga or play around with dating apps? No, it doesn’t.

    3. Have A Little Patience

    If a pharmacist tells you your script will take some more time, it's because he is busy and wants to fill out your prescription with care.

    We don’t yell at the doctor when we’re asked to wait for a while to see him, despite scheduling a prior appointment. So why do we complain and yell at the pharmacists if they’re busy and tell you your prescription will take a little more time? It is, in fact, easier for them to hurry up with your script and send you off home rather than take some time and fill it in

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    for you accurately. That’s them doing their job properly. So the next time, try to be a little more patient with your pharmacist. He’s only trying to do his best for you.

    4. Allow Them A Breather

    Don't call the pharmacy at 8:00 am just because that's when it opens; instead allow your pharmacist to settle in first.

    Do you like being flooded by a hundred phone calls and emails the minute you step into work? Don’t you prefer taking a little time to set up your desk, getting some coffee, and talking to your colleagues about last night’s football match?

    Similarly, just because the pharmacy says it opens at 8:00 am, doesn’t mean you have to call at sharp 8 for your medicines. They’re human too and have a long day ahead of them, after all. So allow them to breathe a little once they step into work.

    5. They’re Not To Blame

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    Your doctor will tell you that he’ll send your prescription across to the pharmacist, but he may forget. So if you find your prescription isn’t ready, it is technically the doctor’s fault, not the pharmacist’s. Why not just call the doctor and check with him first if your prescription has reached the pharmacist? That way you won’t have to wait for hours on end, neither will you take out your temper on the poor pharmacist.

    6. Talk To Your Doctor About Delayed Scripts

    If you have a delayed script, it's because your insurance company needs to clarify some things from your doctor first.

    Sometimes, your prescription may not be ready within the stipulated time. It’s not because your pharmacist is lazy or is taking some kind of sadistic pleasure in keeping you waiting for your medication. It’s in fact, probably

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    because your medication needs prior authorization, and your insurance company is still waiting on your doctor to give them information. This is only so that it can make sure you’re safe and not exposing yourself to harmful drugs. So check with your doctor first and see if he has shared the necessary information with your insurance company.

    7. Share Your New Information

    Pharmacists can’t keep track of your changing information by themselves, so share your new insurance card with them.

    Make sure to always bring in your new insurance card when you visit the pharmacist. He can’t keep track of your changing information by himself. Cooperate by sharing any change in information with them so it’s easier for them to draw up your prescription and fill in the details. The faster they’re able to do this, the faster you will get in and get out.