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Living Incurably at the Pharmacy

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Most of the time, I really do have a lovely pharmacy team.  But occasionally….

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  1. Do these people not realize what HIPPA is? This is a huge violation of your rights! Call them on it!
    I’m embarrassed enough that my pharmacist knows me so well that when I walk in the door they have my meds ready for me before I get to the counter.
    At one point I had a pharmacist say to me. “Do you know that Topamax at this high of a dose will nullify your birth control?” Right there in front of the rest of the line! I was mortified. Especially since I didn’t know, and I was late! (don’t worry, I wasn’t…but OMG! can you imagine?) I don’t even remember what I did, I was so stunned. I know later, this person got an earful! So did their boss. I didn’t see them in that pharmacy any more. I wonder?

    I have to say, most of my experiences have been much better, and handled very tactfully.

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    • My nightmare scenario, which hopefully is never going to be realistic, is them on a store intercom, “ASHLEYJANE PLEASE REPORT TO THE PHARMACY TO PICK UP YOUR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE & ANTI-ANXIETY PRESCRIPTIONS.” 🙂

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      • Seriously!
        I actually once got a pharmacy tech fired for announcing to an entire waiting room (it was a pharmacy in a hospital), “We can’t accept a fax on a class 2 narcotic!” –or something like that. (I had the paper script on me too but the Dr’s office faxed it earlier so it would be ready, and then I could just give them the paper script) I jumped up at her like a crazed badger… security had to get involved… lol…. I was just WAITING to get jumped in the parking lot for my meds.
        Anyways, long story short, she no longer works as a pharmacy tech!

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        • That’s FREAKING awesome. Good for you. At the large university hospital I see all my specialists at they always say quietly, “And your secondary insurance is through the state of NH?” whereas my local doctors office blabs out, “So you’re on Medicaid still?” Thanks ladies.

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          • OMG!!!! They do that on purpose I swear! I’m not on Medicaid but I’m on Medicare, and they always screw that up and ask me about “Medicaid” and I have to explain to them that if you are disabled you are able to be on Medicare BEFORE the age of 65. Honest to God, how do they even get their shoes on in the morning??!

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    • It makes me think of when a friend of mine was serving in AmeriCorps (it’s like the Peace Corps but you stay in the country) she received housing, a small stipend, and food stamps for groceries. She said cashiers got so judgy with her depending on what she was wearing, they’d assume she was using someone else’s or that she was someone they could talk down to. Absurd either way.

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