Monthly Archives: July 2012

If You Tolerate This Then Your Pharmacy Will Be Next

The future teaches you to be alone

The present to be afraid of cat M

So if I can count tablets

Then I can also count capsules

 

Aricept for your brain today

But we’ll forget it all again

Prescriptions put from pen to paper

Turns me into a dispensing wonder

 

And if you tolerate this

Then your pharmacy will be next

And if you tolerate this

Then your pharmacy will be next

Will be next

Will be next

Will be next

 

The waiting patients keep my head down

Or maybe it’s shame

For selling inhalers like its a game

 

No labels in your printer today

But I’m only on relief

I work for Boots

But I always get grief

 

And if you tolerate this

Then your Pharmacy will be next

And if you tolerate this

Then your Pharmacy will be next

Will be next

Will be next

Will be next

Will be next

 

And on the street tonight an old man says

I was in that pharmacy for ages, it felt like days

 

And if you tolerate this

Then your Pharmacy will be next

And if you tolerate this

Then your Pharmacy will be next

Will be next

Will be next

Will be next

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHMRMXIyKIw

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Tips for New Docs

This was a hashtag on twitter the other day.

Darshana Thaker: write directions that actually make sense! And no Suppositories cannot be written as “take Two TDS”!

Paula Bishenden: Hospital Drs, please write the patients address, it does say name & address & include a quantity to dispense

Me: BNF comes out twice a year. There is no reason to keep using one from 2005

@danthedealer: if you issue a Rx with “as directed” on it, please give the patient an idea what that direction is.

@clareylang: don’t squeeze too many drugs on one script, you can use two

@danascu: If I can remember how a CD Rx needs to be written, perhaps you can too

@clareylang: check what strengths/forms cd meds come in before prescribing

Me: Every once in a while, read the prescription before signing

@pillmanuk: just because the Hosp consultant said prescribe that red traffic lighted drug, you don’t have to obey

Me: Sign in the box

@lifeonthepharm: Invest in a diary which shows bank holidays for writing those tricky installment scripts

@clareylang: make sure it is available in the country you’re in before you prescribe it

Me: There is a magical book called the BNF. Open it and use it

Waste Disposal

One of the things that I dread is when a patient appears with two bin bags full of returned medicines. However, I don’t think they understand what they can and cannot return. The following have all been found in carrier bags full of patient returned medication:
 
(via twitter)

@lauraberrycakes: False teeth


 

 

 

 

 

 

@Mushypea: Underskirt

@AdamPlum: Kaolin poultice


@ilSuarez
: Incontinence pants

@kelbel69696969: Pharmacy bag stuffed with £15k

@SusieMinney: Wrongly labelled/dispensing error of Concerta

@wyldchild007: Old medication from 1972

@Calorinee: Cat food

@frandavi99: Keyring torch

@darkvignette: A prosthetic breast, packaged in a gift box complete with ribbons

@pharmorto: Stool sample

@mumgonecrazy: Cigarettes and a small safe

@bengalkitti: Old postcards, family photos, pairs of glasses, boxes of buttons and an old watch

@Alansleith: A miniature malt whiskey

For me, it’s a full box of Tamiflu…

What’s the strangest thing you have found returned by a patient?

The Book: Update

Today, I hit 7000 words. It has not been edited yet but I will do that at the end. My aim is 20000 words at least.

People have been so helpful so far. Clearly, not everyone has replied to my pleas for stories but the ones that have, have been wonderful.

Chemist and Druggist and P3 mag have been kind enough to let me mention my book idea online and in print respectively. Hopefully, at least one more magazine will do the same. One magazine that I wont be appearing in (unless I get struck off) is the PJ. They wanted me to take out a paid advert and would not let me stay anonymous.

Twitter, as expected, has been great. I got a mention about the book from someone with 21,000 followers. Yesterday, the same from someone with 7,000 followers.

One way that I am hoping my book will be different from others on the market is by using tweets. These are short, snappy and can be extremely hilarious. If you tweet something funny or spot a funny tweet, give me a nudge.

I am happy to include anonymous anecdotes too.

I will keep you posted

Celebrity Service

We have had several famous people attend our pharmacy to use our services…

 

Don Draper from Mad Men attends our smoking cessation service. He is failing miserably.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norm from Cheers comes in to the Alcohol screening service and everybody knows his name in the pharmacy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Renton from Trainspotting comes in daily for his methadone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Grey accessed the Chlamydia screening service on several occasions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monica from Friends lost her excess baggage by using our Weight Management Service

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Waltons came in for Minor Ailments when one of them got Threadworm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Barney from How I Met Your Mother got some Viagra using our PGD

 

Bit o’blue for t’dads

Within the next few months, Viagra is going off patent. This is one that many patients will be waiting for.

The price of private prescriptions will dramatically decrease thus making it more affordable. Hopefully, it will stop being buying fake medicines online and encourage more people to seek help for erectile dysfunction.

Unfortunately, it will lead to fussy patients demanding the ‘proper stuff’ as the generic does the job but with added diarrhoea.

Keep It Simple Stupid

Sometimes, the more you explain something, the less enticing it becomes.

Me: Hi, Mr Smith. Can I do a MUR on you please?

Mr Smith: You what?

Me: Medicines use review

Mr Smith: What the hell are you on about, boy?!?

Me: Just want a quick chat about your medicines.

Mr Smith: Why, what’s wrong?

Me: Nothing hopefully

Mr Smith: I speak to my GP about my medicines

Me: Yes, I know. I would like to speak to you too about them.

Mr Smith: Are you saying I can’t trust him?

Me: Noooo! I just want to see how you are doing with them.

Mr Smith: Doing fine

Me: I want to see if you know what they are all for.

Mr Smith: You calling me stupid?!?

Me: Um…ah.. No. Its just a quick check to see if you are taking them as prescribed

Mr Smith: I am

Me: It really will just take a few mins….

Mr Smith: I’m parked in the disabled spot so have no time. Bye.

Pharmacy Fail

I was speaking to a pharmacy student on twitter the other day, who had a exam resit rapidly approaching. I had a resit at university and remember it well. It clearly is a stressful time.

 

Looking back now, it was nothing to worry about. Nobody is perfect. You can’t be good at everything. In order to try and make the student feel better, I asked pharmacists to tweet about the exams that they failed at university. I had many responses.

 

The best thing to do is to work as hard as you can and avoid failing. However, we all make mistakes down the line, but if you work hard, you will end up where you deserve to be.

 

I got 25% in Dosage Form Design at Bradford University and only just passed the resit.

 

Are you willing to share your pharmacy fail?

9-5

Tumble Out of Bed and Stumble to the Kitchen;

Pour Myself a Cup of Ambition,

And Yawn, and Stretch, and Try to Come to Life.

Jump in the Shower, and the Blood Starts Pumping;

Out On the Street, the Traffic Starts Jumping,

With Folks Like Me On the Job From Nine to Five.

 
Working Nine to Five thirty, staying behing to enter CDs, What a Way to Make a Living;

Department of Health, It’s All Taking and no Giving.

AAH send you the wrong stuff  and they Never Give You Credit;

It’s Enough to Drive You Crazy, If You Let It.

 

Nine to Six, For Enhanced Service and Devotion;

also throwing in some health Promotion;

Want some more staff, But the Area manager Won’t Seem to Let Me.

I Swear Sometimes, That Man Is Out to Get Me.

 

They give you unrealistic targets, Just to see hope your hopes Shatter;

You’re Just a Step On the Boots Ladder,

But You’ve Got Dreams He’ll Never Take Away.

In the Same Boat With a Lot of Your colleagues;

Waitin’ On The Day Your orlistat will Come In,

And the Tide’s Gonna Turn, And you’ll do two Murs a day.

Working Nine to six thirty, staying behing to do paperwork, What a Way to Make a Living;

Department of Health, It’s All Taking and no Giving.

Alliance send you the wrong stuff  and they Never Give You Credit;

It’s Enough to Drive You Crazy, If You Let It.
Six until four, The supermarket’s Got You Where They Want You; There’s a Better Life, and You Dream About It, Don’t You? It’s a multiples Game, no Matter What They Call It; And You Spend Your Life Putting Money in their Wallet