Friday, September 2, 2011

Mary, bring me a strong drink

Mr. Pill: "I didn't take it. The lady at the drugstore told me it had all kinds of side effects, and that I shouldn't even try it."

Dr. Grumpy: "The pharmacist said that?"

Mr. Pill: "No. It was a lady behind me in the check-out line. She was buying cigarettes."

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

What's even crazier is that the woman is "trying" to pay for her smokes in the pharmacy line.

Totally random, sort of, I am shocked by the number of my MD's that are heavy smokers. When you and your office smell strongly of smoke you must be a heavy smoker, or just got done smoking in an enclosed area before seeing me. I know for a fact that three of my doctors are frequent smokers. Don't get me wrong, you want too smoke go ahead, but don't badger a patient or threaten to "kick them out of your practice (I think it's a pretty reliable source)" for not complying.

Just saying!

hoodnurse said...

I mean, she was inside a pharmacy at the time, so didn't that pretty much make here a medical professional?

SECRET PEPPER PERSON: said...

-sigh-
i don't know why but this reminds me of my teaching diet to diabetics days and then having them run out the door at the Health Dept on their breaks to buy giant Polar Cups from the polar cup truck.

Anonymous said...

You can buy cigarettes at the chemist's? How strange.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

Hey! The right to give yourself and those around you cancer and other serious health problems is what makes America great!

Anonymous said...

OMG! Laughed so hard I think my defibrillator implant went off!

Packer said...

Well when you become incapable of thinking for yourself, it is right and proper to have someone else who is incapable of thinking do your thinking for you.

Hildy said...

Interesting phenomenon, isn't it? You spend money to consult a professional and then ignore his advice, but a random stranger's advice you follow. Is there some rational explanation for this tendency? Like, we all assume "professionals" always have ulterior motives?

Curious Cat said...

Yes Anonymous, in the states most pharmacies are located inside grocery or discount department stores. Even freestanding drug stores typically sell a range of products including office supplies, a small selection of groceries, and cigarettes. Stores that sell exclusively pharmaceuticals and medical supplies are relatively uncommon.

A Doc 2 Be said...

@ Curious Cat who said, "Stores that sell exclusively pharmaceuticals and medical supplies are relatively uncommon."

and don't forget broke and/or going out of business.

Mallory said...

Hey, if they're worse than cigarettes, they *must* be bad.

He didn't think to ask the pharmacist for a second opinion.

ndenunz said...

Mary, come to think of it, make it a double.

The Ole' Apothecary said...

Been there, wrote that.

http://oleapothecary.blogspot.com/2011/07/witchcraft-now-i-shall-tell-you-who.html

Li'l Azathoth said...

"I figured that if she was buying that brand, she must be really smart and cool and sophisticated, just like all the women in the ads, so I'd be an idiot NOT to listen to her."

Anonymous said...

when you asked "The pharmacist said that?" I was so relieved that Mr Pill answered "no".

prisoneroftoday said...

I see this happen all too often in patient support groups. It's so hard not to haul off and throttle people like that woman sometimes. Patients get so disillusioned with medical professionals they end up putting more weight on the opinion of a lay person. Sad, really.

And ya, selling cigs in a pharmacy is weird. No pharmaceutical and medical supply only pharmacies here, but none of them sell cigarettes (for the same reason why you can't use a health card as ID to buy cigarettes).

Anonymous said...

"Then she offered to take me to the alley behind the drugstore and give me oral sex if I gave the pills to her. Hey, you would have done the same thing."

Anonymous said...

I have never sold tobacco products at the pharmacy counter.

Now, one chain would not let us pharmacy employees ring up beer and wine, either, but that was because we were not trained to do so by company rules. Morphine, on the other hand, was apparently no problem.

Mike Looney said...

@ A Doc 2 Be

Actually my pharmacy is exactly that. Doesn't take insurance either. They take the script, tell me how much it's going to be, then ask me if I want to fill it.

Lisa said...

My girlfriend and I are still wondering about Carson. Whatever happen to your not kid. Is he still on that list and if so whose kid is he?

Don said...

OTOH, a few years ago, I was picking up one of my diabetic pill refills at a pharmacy checkout during my lunch break. One of my co-workers had asked me to pick up a bottle of Coke-Cola for him, and the cashier refused to allow me to make the transaction, even though I explained that the soda was not for me. She said that nothing sugary would be checked out at any pharmacy register in that store. Her choice, so I had to make two transactions, which shortened my lunch break considerably.
Having said that, Mr. Pill sounds rather gullible. Perhaps he would be interested in a wooden i-pod..., cheap.

thatsit said...

Well, the patient could live in a town where no one gives a crap about anyone and the people in Walmart stand around a man turning blue and laying on the floor and telling anyone who wants to help, that they can't...

cliffintokyo said...

Well, she should know. After all, she is an expert on smoking, which has so many side effects, it might even kill you!

Lipstick said...

oh, that's funny.
Drives me crazy when someone decides to ignore rational advice and follow the crazy recommendation of someone he just met because that person is the next door neighbor of his cousin's brother-in-law and that guy's wife read all about it on the internet.

Amanda said...

In my state, you can't buy cigs or alcohol at the pharmacy (to answer some concerns. I thought it was a fairly common thing).

When I was in retail, we had a privacy window, but my biggest problem was a tech who would counsel patients before I got a chance to, with things like "This caused my cousin Leroy to lose his hearing and be committed to a mental institution, but you can take it." No matter how many times I told her it wasn't appropriate, she acted like I thought I was high and mighty when I asked her not to.

 
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