Pharmacists go to school for several years and learn a lot of things, and then they get jobs and learn a lot more. Here are some of the things your pharmacist knows.
Your pharmacist knows that your doctor didn’t really tell you to take an extra 80mg Oxycontin as needed.
Your pharmacist knows how to read hand written prescriptions but sometimes struggles with the gibberish that comes through on electronic prescriptions. (Take 1 tablet twice a day with breakfast?)
Your pharmacist can tell how many pills are in the bottle just by shaking it.
Your pharmacist knows that a misplaced decimal point can cause a 10 fold dosing error that might kill you.
Your pharmacist knows that if you have twins and they both get the same prescription, the insurance company might reject one of the claims. Your pharmacist knows how to fix that also.
Your pharmacist knows that your doctor didn’t write 2 refills on your Percocet prescription with a different colored pen than he used to write the rest of the prescription.
Your pharmacist knows that if you are taking 2 medications for diabetes, but you think you have prediabetes, you are in denial.
Your pharmacist knows when the doctor needs to be called to answer a question. Your pharmacist doesn’t want to wait on hold with the office any more than you want to wait at the counter, but sometimes it has to be done.
Your pharmacist knows that if they use enough big words the medical assistant will put a nurse on the phone.
Your pharmacist knows you have another card for prescriptions in there somewhere. That card you use at the doctor’s office probably won’t pay for your medications.
Your pharmacist knows what’s wrong with you, and doesn’t care. Your pharmacist has probably seen a lot worse.