Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Doctors Behaving Badly

Dr. Dickweed is an internist upstairs from me. He's been there since I moved into the building over 10 years ago.

He's never referred to me. I'm polite, I've tried to talk to him in the elevator. When I started out 10 years ago I went by his office asking for referrals. He's coldly informed me that he doesn't trust, or refer to, physicians under 60 years old. Whatever. He's entitled to his opinion.

Anyway, my secretary interrupted me today to say that Dr. Dickweed was on the phone for me. This was a first, and I picked up the phone.

Dr. Grumpy: "This is Dr. Grumpy."

Dr. Dickweed: "Grumpy, this is Dickweed. I just want you to know that I'm out of Topamax samples, and one of my patients needs some. So I told her to come by your office to get some. Your staff doesn't need to schedule her for an appointment, and you don't need to see her. Just give her whatever Topamax samples you have."

Dr. Grumpy (somewhat taken aback by this kind request): "Dickweed, I'm out of Topamax samples."

Dr. Dickweed: "You young doctors are so fucking worthless." (click, hangs up).


The funny thing is that nobody has Topamax. They stopped giving out samples last Summer.

19 comments:

HugeMD said...

You old doctors are such f-ing a-holes.

pharmer said...

looks like your buddy dickweed isnt so smart after all..

08armydoc said...

What a tool

My "word verification" today is "hyteshoo" - maybe this is a more descriptive term than 'tool' for Dickweed.

peedee said...

Holy fuck. Total Richard Cranium.

Bitter man has more than a problem with you is my guess.

Karma is a bitch and I bet he's got plenty.

Adam said...

Do drug reps still give out samples even after something goes generic?

Anonymous said...

Whiiiiich is why I prefer the docs under 60.

Isn't bad behavior and assholishness a sign of early dementia?

Perhaps he should refer himself to you.

Pharmacy Steph

P.S. Take a tip from the drug companies: start advertising your specialty. You might think, "No, DUH my specialty is alzheimers, MS, seizures, Parkinson's, etc." but there's nothing like saying it out loud to get patients to say, "Oh, THAT neurologist is a specialist in my disease" to get their attention. Become Captain Obvious. Get more patients.

Anonymous said...

Cuz there is a generic now....

Mimmy said...

Wow. If I found out that my doctor was that insufferably rude to others in his profession, I'd be looking for a new doctor ASAP!

pharmacychick said...

"hey dickweed, piss off"

Anonymous said...

when i was a Rep with Topamax i never gave samples to Dr's that don't write and just give away samples.
I sampled my writers with loads of them and when it came to others i told them we stopped sampling them.I even blamed and talk bad about how the company doen't give us any etc.
Also i pretended i ws stupid and was supporting Dr's who hated the DTC ads.
Oh and all of the samples at times were dropped off at my husband's office who is Orthopedic surgeon.
Still was on top with sales thanks to my husband buddies ...oh and DTC

Grumpy, M.D. said...

Adam- No. They generally stop sampling drugs when they go generic. In fact, they usually stop sampling 3-6 months before then.

ERP said...

Would you have given him any if you had some? I wouldn't have.

Adam said...

3 to 6 months before, I assume assume they then start giving out samples of the next BIG [and obviously better] thing (ie Lexapro instead of Celexa, Nexium instead of Prilosec, Ambien CR instead of Ambien, Pristiq instead of Effexor, Pexeva instead of Paxil, etc.)...

PharmD 2011

Grumpy, M.D. said...

ERP- Hell no. He's a jackass.

Adam- absolutely correct. And don't forget Nuvigil! or Treximet! or Anydrug-XR!

Adam said...

Woah, I had never heard of Nuvigil... but a Wiki search leaves me stunned.

Along with: Oracea, Yaz, Solodyn, Astepro (I have yet to find out what the difference btn Astepro and Astelin)

Anonymous said...

Lexapro came out 2 years before Celexa went generic, for the record. Forest didn't wait for a commercial emergency like many other companies

Anonymous said...

Guess you found out 10 years later that the impasse had nothing to do with you!

Surely you weren't giving out Nuvigil, if it's the stuff related to Provigil? (".. wake-promoting actions of armodafinil are similar to that of sympathomimetic amines, e.g. amphetamine, methylphenidate, despite differences in their pharmacologic profiles (Prod Info NUVIGIL(TM) oral tablets, 2007)."
Maybe, something else.

Anonymous said...

Treximet! What a joke!

Teresa said...

Ugh. I hate Yaz. Yaz is the reason I now take Topamax, which I love. I went from three migraines a week to three in six months.
And I love that it's gone generic. How could anyone have missed that, anyways? My neurologist was so excited that he told me four months in advance.

 
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