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    Well I can tell you because it's what I do for a job!
    As the pharmacist you are responsible for everything that goes on in the shop from an assistant selling nurofen to the prescriptions dispensed. If anything goes wrong it is your fault.
    If the Dr writes the wrong medicine or dose & you don't pick it up its your fault, not theirs!
    At any one time I could be: supervising up to 8 staff members, waiting on hold for a GP to confirm a dosage, have someone waiting in the consult room for a wound dressing or BP measurement, checking/packing a Webster pack, and dispensing numerous prescriptions. Also talking to old mrs jones who has about 30 prescriptions & is confused about her new medications.
    As a pp said, lots of people drop in scripts, then go do shopping so you can't see them in the shop.
    In saying that, I think it's not very good service that you weren't told the wait time. Perhaps they didn't realise you were waiting?

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    I have pharmacist pull a script that could have killed dd1. A Dr once prescribed dd (16 mths) a adult males dose of antibiotics that she is allergic too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JR03 View Post
    If often wonder why it takes any time at all, isn't it just finding the medication on the prescription and printing a label? The dr works out the dosage!
    nope,
    Ive had a Pharmacist pick up a dosage error (on antibiotics for my 10 month old), ring a dr, confirm intent then change the dosage recommendation to me,

    at any point you can go in, ask about a medication that fits your specific needs (eg Im pregnant and have terrible hay fever so what can I take ? - note not pregnant, this is just a scenario) and the
    Pharmacist will be able to either figure it out or already knows,

    Theyre not just someone who prints a label and sticks it on,
    they study for YEARS to learn how to properly make medications, proper doses etc etc etc.

    Often if there's a wait its because people ahead of you have left a script etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by HappyBovine View Post
    I once had to wait ages for a script in an empty pharmacy. Turned out they had run out of that particular medication and they had sent a staff member to a pharmacy down the road to get some.
    Classic !!

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    I agree with the people who have worked in a pharmacy or is/was a pharmacist.
    I worked in one for 6 years and yes, I agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillynix View Post
    You don't think a Pharmacist just grabs a pack of a shelf and whacks a label on it, do you? Pharmacy is a science. Pharmacists sometimes need to compound the medication (ie making it from scratch), depending on the type of medication and the dosage you are required to take, it can take a while to mix it up.

    Even if they're not compounding, they have to be incredibly careful of what they are giving you, that the dosage in the bottle/pill/capsule is the right one for what has been prescribed to you and I imagine they would need to check and recheck to make sure there are no errors.

    Heading to a Pharmacist is not handing over your prescription and them handing you a packet with a label on it
    I must admit the whole what do pharmacists do things is some thing that has crossed my mind on occasion. This thread has me thinking - although the whack a label role is still there, what other role do pharmacists have besides double checking what doctors have proscribed? Do the really have to compound a lot of medications? I've rarely had to get medications that had to be pre-mixed or whatever - maybe my experiences aren't representative.

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    I get omeprazole compounded once a month for my baby. Before her I wasn't even aware of compounding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    I must admit the whole what do pharmacists do things is some thing that has crossed my mind on occasion. This thread has me thinking - although the whack a label role is still there, what other role do pharmacists have besides double checking what doctors have proscribed? Do the really have to compound a lot of medications? I've rarely had to get medications that had to be pre-mixed or whatever - maybe my experiences aren't representative.
    Depending on where you are. Most hospitals have compounding pharmacies as do areas with a high medical office area.

    wifey of hubby who is always away. mother of two girls who are always amusing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    I must admit the whole what do pharmacists do things is some thing that has crossed my mind on occasion. This thread has me thinking - although the whack a label role is still there, what other role do pharmacists have besides double checking what doctors have proscribed? Do the really have to compound a lot of medications? I've rarely had to get medications that had to be pre-mixed or whatever - maybe my experiences aren't representative.
    These days most areas have a specialist compounding pharmacy, so we would refer people there for anything more complicated than a basic cream that can be made in 10 min or so. At a compounding pharmacy most people would ring to order their medication a few days before it's due.
    Pharmacy is a weird mix of clinical & retail. If all I had to do was stick labels on boxes it would be quick to have a prescription dispensed & sometimes it is!
    It's all the other stuff that goes on in the Pharmacy that takes time. You get 1 confused old person that takes up 15 min of time: in that time scripts are backing up because they all have to be checked by the Pharmacist because it's MY fault if my dispense tech makes a mistake.
    Think about how many over the counter items are sold every day, the Pharmacist is supervising the sale of ALL of those medications because again it's MY fault if my assistant sells something that is not suitable for that customer.
    A lot of time the Pharmacist is also the "manager" on duty so has to deal with staff issues, computer problems & customers wanting refunds or exchanges to name just a few.
    Also you would be surprised how often Drs make errors - they are human and busy. I would probably have to call a Dr to clarify a script about 4 times in an average working day. Sometimes more sometimes less.
    I do think it's only polite to let a customer know if you've run out of something & need to borrow it & its going to take 10 min!

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    Can someone give me an explanation as to why a pharmacist has to be two and a half feet up above everybody else?

    Brain surgeons, airline pilots, nuclear physicists, we're all on the same level but they have to be two and a half feet up. 'Look out, I'm working with pills'

    😂😂😂😂😂

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