Friday, April 23, 2010

Paging Dr. Surly

I hate my pharmacy.

For simplicities sake, we'll call it "not-Walgreens". Maybe "sounds-like-CVS" would be better. Anyway, I truly HATE getting prescriptions filled there. I would much rather use Costco's pharmacy, because they have excellent prices and customer service. Unfortunately, their hours and parking suck, and they have no drive-thru.

Man I hate myself for the last part of that sentence.

The reason I dislike "not-Walgreens" so much is because of the staff who works there. Or as I like to call them, the 3 dwarfs of pharmacy; Dopey, Clueless, and Surly (the dwarf comment doesn't have anything to do with their height, although THAT would be funny).

Dopey and Clueless are harmless in their own way, but Surly and I nearly come to blows every time I'm in there. I believe he has "I'm-not-a-doctor-but-I-play-one-in-my own-mind Syndrome". Because he gets to wear a white coat at work.

Our last "disagreement" came the other morning over the phone. Elise has been on Amoxicillin for strep throat. When I gave her her dose that morning, I noticed there was not enough left in the bottle for the last two doses. So I called up "sounds-like-CVS" to talk to a pharmacist, and of course Surly was the one to answer the phone.

His first mistake was to tell me that I had probably screwed up the dosing. I very politely informed him that I am very familiar with giving my child medication, as I have to measure out and give my daughter three shots a day, thankyouverymuch.

He then sighed and said it wasn't a big deal anyway, she's probably had enough of the antibiotic to kill off whatever she had. So everything I've heard about always taking the full 10 days worth of antibiotics is just crap? I guess so, according to Dr. Surly.

Perhaps he thought I was just trying to score some more drugs, so I could sell them on the street or something. I wonder what the going street price for Amoxicillin is anyway?

By the way, I did check with Elise's doc, and it turns out Dr. Surly was telling the truth.

He's still a jerk though.


Meri said...

I'm sorry that guy is a jerk! (Our pharmacist is a hoarder, so I have the same song and dance everytime too...) BUT hey, you got a get out of jail free card one day early!!! No more amoxicillin! Hooray!!!

phonelady said...

the pharmacys back in florida stank too hopefully up here in Ohio they will be better .

HeyJade said...

Wow, glad to know I'm not the only one who wants to jump over the pharmacy counter at not-Walgreens everytime. I've transferred most of our rx's to SuperTarget & have absolutely loved them so far... even though they have no drive-thru and are farther away. Gives me a reason to go to SuperTarget!

HeyJade said...

p.s. did you ever read my pharmacy rant from back in january?

AmyRay said...

I have to agree with HeyJade. Target pharmacies rock! I've never had a bad experience at a Target pharmacy. The pharmacist has even called to check on us after filling a new perscription. I know you love Target, check them out!