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#FF: Pharmacy Bloggers

These tweeps haves a way with words. Please read their blogs and enjoy











@Redheaded Pharmacist



@Dispenser Diaries















Gender Bender

The majority of the pharmacy support staff workforce is female. What if it were male….
    • Less conversation about nails and hair
    • More conversation about cars and football
    • Less talk about comparing breast size
    • More talk about comparing penis size
    • Less bitching
    • More direct insults
    • Less toilet breaks and sanitary bins
    • More longer toilet breaks and magazines to read in there
    • Less Hello/Take a Break in staff room
    • More Top Gear and Four Four Two
    • Less pathetic attempts at dieting
    • More ‘who can eat the most’ contests
    • Less crying at work
    • More physical fights
    • Taking forever to unscrew a lid off a bottle as no man would admit defeat and ask for help
    • Less cooing and brooding over babies
    • More cooing over sports cars
    • Would not need to call out handy men for repairs as men would do it themselves even if it would take them months to fix repairs
    • Less tea making
    • Increased methane gas in the dispensary
    • There would be no multitasking
    • Less frequent emptying of bins
  •           There would be a huge Man Flu OTC section


Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction and at no point reflects the views of the author




Welcome to the new comparethepharmacy.com website.

The aim is to help patients choose which pharmacy to use based on key categories and choices.

All pharmacies in England, Scotland and Wales that agreed to join are on the website.

Please choose one of the options for each category.

a] Waiting times should be:

1] 20 mins

2] 10 mins

3] 5 mins

4] 1 min [The pharmacy cannot guarantee the correct medicine though]

b] Pharmacist appearance:

1] labcoat

2] Suit

3] Jeans

4] Not bothered

c] Deliveries:

1] same day

2] next day

3] only during ad breaks of Jeremy Kyle

4] Pharmacy does not deliver

d] Staff conversation:

1] miserable staff who dont speak

2] Polite chit chat

3] Interrogation from staff about your private life

4] Gossip about other patients

e] Prescription ordering method:

1] phone

2] in person

3] email

4] twitter

5] facebook

f] Medication use review:

1] happy to discuss medication with pharmacist

2] Do not want to bothered. I know what I’m doing.

g] New Medicines Service:

1] Happy to be contacted

2] Stop bleeding ringing me!

h] I would like the consultation room to be used for:

1] discussing my medication

2] Showing the boil on my ass to the pharmacist

i] The time that the pharmacist is allowed for lunch is:

1] No lunch

2] Eat while standing up

3] 20 mins

4] 30 mins

j] I want my tablets to come in:

1] capsules when the prescription states tablets

2] the colour of my choice

3] The manufacturer of my choice

4] chocolate flavour

k] Patient satisfaction survey:

1] I am happy to fill it in

2] I will tick random boxes

3] Cant be bothered. The Pharmacy is crap. Would rather be in the pub

l] Patient returns:

1] I will return all unused medication

2] My next of kin will return all unused medication

m] Do you require a 24 hour Daily Mail article advice hotline?

1] Yes

2] No

Your list of pharmacies will be emailed to you.

Thanks for using comparethepharmacy.com!

OTC addiction (guest post by @zams123)

Guest post by @zams123

I t’s worrying how the majority of people in some areas have a problem with drug abuse and addiction. This problem in community pharmacy however can be very annoying.

For example, how many community pharmacists today are faced with frequent over-the-counter requests for co-codamol products? The same people keep coming in to buy co-codamol, solpadeine plus etc feeding the staff and pharmacist with more or less the same story: ‘I’ve run out of my prescription co-codamol 30/500mg tablets’, ‘its for my back pain, nothing else agrees with me’ or even ‘my doctor recommended it’… It becomes conflicting when we are put in a position to refuse the sale; customers kick off and become rude, complaints arise and go to headoffice department, but the end result is that they are going to buy the co-codamol product from another pharmacy using the same story again.

It can also be annoying that GP’s might not realise what our OTC licensing issues are and recommend patients to buy over the counter as it’s probably cheaper than on prescription.

This problem does not just apply to co-codamol, it’s other products too such as codeine linctus and kaolin and morphine. The frequent requests I had in my pharmacy for kaolin and morphine mixture were atrocious that I had to remove it off the shelf.

In my pharmacy we are recording on paper when we sell these products to suspected drug abusers. Apart from this, how else can we resolve issues with codeine addiction and drug misuse?

Liar Liar

Patient: Hi, can i have some co-codamol please?

Mr Dispenser: Is it for you or someone else?

Patient: Me

Mr Dispenser: Have you had it before?

Patient: Yes

Mr Dispenser: Recently?

Patient: No

Mr Dispenser: What pain is it for?

Patient: Back pain. Only thing that works

Mr Dispenser: Its only for three days use

Patient: Ok

Mr Dispenser: Are you on any other medication?

Patient: No

Mr Dispenser: That means over the counter, prescribed or herbal?

Patient: No

Mr Dispenser: Dont take any paracetamol with this as it contains paracetamol

Patient: Yeah, i know

Mr Dispenser: Thats £1.49 please

Patient: Oh, while I’m here can i pick up my prescription. I ordered it last week. Got no tablets left….

The effect of medicines on the olfactory system

The effect of medicines on the olfactory system


Olfaction is the sense of smell. A pharmaceutical drug, also referred to as medicine, medication or medicament, can be loosely defined as any chemical substance intended for use in the medical diagnosis, cure, treatment, or prevention of disease.


The aim is to find smelly drugs


A closed leading question was sent as a tweet was sent to 370 people that follow @MrDispenser asking to tell me about drugs that smell good or bad. No financial inducement was given. Ethics approval was not obtained. An application for funding was made and denied by the National Lottery. Consent was obtained via direct message for tweets to appear in this report.


30 people replied.

Table 1: Table to show gender of people that replied

Gender Number
Male 7
Female 21
Unable to work out as name is ambiguous and profile pic is not a face pic 2

My tweet was retweeted once. Two people did not give consent for their tweets to appear. Two did not reply so consent was given on their behalf

Selection of tweets

@zams123: depakote does smell like cannabis.

@L1ttlepetal: my dispenser ex bar manager said it smells like stale beer



This was very popular and my personal favourite too!

@josephbush cannot beat Neo-Mercazole

@indisangar neo-mercazole smells like strawberry milkshake

@susieminney carbimazole smell of milkshake



Another popular choice

@laura_anne182  prefer Celevac. Serial tub-sniffer

@JustHelenYeah Celevac has to be the best for smell and colour

@Mushypea Celevac… just like strawberry milkshake


Bendroflumethiazide 2.5mg

This is the ronseal of tablets

@laura_anne182 Bendro 2.5mg (tubs of 500) smells like a chair in an old folks home.

@indisangar bendro smells like p**s, kind of appropriate, isn’t it?

@jommcmillan bendros smell like what they do

@cathrynjbrown Bad = bendro,

@susieminney bendroflumethiazide smells like stale wee. Ironic really.

@zams123 I like the musky smell of bendros! Weird I know!



Also popular

@catrionabrodie: Nabumetone (especially Relifex) smells like butterscotch

@alkemist 1912: Relifex smell of butterscotch

@Mushypea:  Relifex was like butterscotch

@cathrynjbrown good: relifex


Vitamin B

Controversial tablet

@PatelSuk  Can’t believe no one’s mentioned Vitamin B compound. Weirdly addictive

@Anj17 I don’t like vitamin B. ewww smell.

@susieminney I love the smell of vitamin B in any shape or form

Vitamin caps BPC

Another controversial one

@laura_anne182 Funny how the smells can grow on you. I am now quite fond of the stinky vitamin caps

@lilygidley vitamin caps like Bovril

@JoMyattL I love vitamin caps BPC

@zams123 vitamin bpc caps smell horrible.

@josephbush vit caps = Bovril-y goodness

@NeelmSaina vitamin bpc capsules… Marmite smell?

@cathrynjbrown  Bad:  vitamin caps bpc



Strong views on these common drugs

@Anj17 the banana amox.. yummy

@NeelmSaina bad = cephalexin caps

@Sairah_Banu flucloxacillin smells of the 1p sherberts

@Mushypea: fluclox caps are suphur like

@cathrynjbrown:  Bad:  flucloxacillin caps

@laura_anne182: Ciproxin susp smells like barrats fruit salads

@adamplum love the smell of fluclox mixture

@clareylang yes I agree. The liquid is completely the opposite of the caps

@cathrynbrown  Oh yes, the waft of amoxil or distaclor powder as you pour the water in

@clareylang Augmentin Duo smells well nice

@susieminney cephalosporins smell of cat wee

@becky_ross_23 Co-danthramer suspension smells exactly like tinned peaches



The smell is explained with science!

@zams123 Aspirin 75mg disp smells of salt and vinegar crisps

@clareylang aspirin really does smell like that

@adamplum cos acetyl-salicylic acid breaks down to acetic acid



Smells like toothpaste

@EmmTurner spironolactone smells like menthol

@Pillmanuk spironolactone used to smell of minty wee



@tinaallsup: Neoral smells very strongly of beer. No complaints

@pakili1981: lamotrigine smells like lollies

@Sareenuh Vicks VapoRub Mmmmmm@mgcmitchell capol yum yum

@mgcmitchell pabrinex, TPN, and coal tar are bad

@Sairah_Banu: fentanyl patches smell really weird as well

@jommcmillan: Anybody remember Junifen? Used to smell like lemon puff biscuits

@pillmanuk NEVER smell heminevrin liquid

@misspill never break a full bottle in the dispensary either

Two people have said that Mecysteine smells horrible!

27 drugs were mentioned.


Drugs smell. Vitamin caps BPC was the most commented drug. Relifex and Celevac were the best smelling drugs. Bendroflumethiazde was the worst smelling drug.

Future research

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Dress to impress

Pharmacists are professionals and should dress as such. I have only come across a couple of pharmacists that still wear white lab coats at work. The majority wear smart attire.

We are told that it is important for us to look professional so that the patient will be more likely to listen and accept our advice. However, I have seen two GPs who wear jeans in their surgery and the patients don’t seem to mind.  Whilst I was a student I saw one locum pharmacist wear jeans and another wear a skirt and flip flops.

Some companies make their pharmacist wear a uniform e.g.  Tesco.  Some hospitals have a no tie and long sleeve shirt policy or a uniform. This is to minimise infections.

I rarely wear a tie at work and the only people that seem to care are my parents. The quality of my clothes is directly proportional to the amount of food that I spill on me at lunch. Be it Armani or Primani, yoghurt stains on black trousers are hard to explain.

Tell me what you think about our dress code.