Monday, March 28, 2011

Devotion to duty

This weekend I got dragged kicking and screaming called in to see a hospital consult. It was a lady who'd had her appendix out, and had a bad headache afterward.

Dr. Grumpy: "Have you had headache problems in the past?"

Miss Shiny: "No... Hey! Are you Dr. Grumpy, from downtown Grumpyville?"

Dr. Grumpy: "Yes, that's me. Have you seen me before?"

Miss Shiny: "No, but I work for Big Pharma, Inc. One of my partners is a drug rep who calls on your office. My territory is over on the east side."

Dr. Grumpy: "Oh, okay. Anyway do you normally get headaches?"

Miss Shiny: "Have you considered prescribing our product, Noshakesatall, for your Parkinson's disease patients?" (reaches in purse, pulls out a sales brochure) "If you look at this graph, Noshakesatall shows superior efficacy and duration of action in treating Parkinson's, and..."

18 comments:

Don said...

I must be getting old; I couldn't IMAGINE doing something like that. I understand that one has to have an outgoing personality and agressiveness to succeed as a sales person, but that is just too much.
Can you/did you refuse the consult?

Grumpy, M.D. said...

I can when they call me with one, but once I go into the room and start talking to them I'll do it.

Jon said...

At this point Dr. Grumpy comes down with a migraine.

Anonymous said...

That's what bugs me about salesmen, especially reps: they never stop being reps at any moment... which can be annoying.

Peddlers will remain peddlers...with all due respect of course.

you should've prescribed her something from another cie for the headache: just to see her reaction...

a.generic doc said...

This is probably the first time that an insurance company has paid for you to be detailed about a drug!

Anonymous said...

NEVER miss the opportunity for a sale!

Remember... anyone can fold clothes, but closers never fold! (say it out loud).

Anonymous said...

Have a heart. She probably needs the commission from the sale to pay for the admit and Dr. G's consult.

Anonymous said...

I guarentee her head didn't hurt that bad if she attempted a sales pitch!

Anonymous said...

Midrin is for closers.

Kat's Kats said...

Miss Shiny: "...in treating Parkinson's, and..."

Dr. Grumpy: "That looks interesting. I'll be sure to ask Miss Rival Gettingyourcommission about it. Now, on a scale of 1 to 10..."

Old MD Girl said...

She's probably trying to figure out how to cover her co-pay.

Not House said...

"Well, if you're the expert in these drugs, then I assume you have some samples on hand? Take two and don't call me in the morning"

Anonymous said...

Did they say she HAD a headache, or that she WAS a headache?

Anonymous said...

can't change stupid and can't negotiate with crazy.

The Mother said...

Headache clearly not bad enough to need a neurologist. Unless she just needed someone to pitch to.

RehabNurse said...

Can you charge extra for that consult?

Crazy!

Ben S said...

"At this point Dr. Grumpy comes down with a migraine."

Craig was right, they are contagious!

C said...

hey, I hear that a HOSPITAL is a great place to meet doctors! Sickness...it's not all bad...

 
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