Frustration, pain, suffering, anger. All of these words describe life as a lowly CVS employee. Those words might describe life with impotence, too. But thats a whole different blog entirely. Check out a fresh look on why working for this company, dealing with other employees and customers all suck really bad.

Tuesday, October 4

CVS Pharmacists apparently make medical decisions for you now, too.

This is a great way to make your company look like a bunch of assholes. By policy, CVS allows their pharmacists to be able to deny a patient their prescription if it offends their religious beliefs. Here's an example. What a steamy load of crap. Exactly what did that accomplish? The woman still got the script, despite the pharmacists futile meddling. I really hope issues like this are resolved by the government so women like this can take legal action against self righteous pharmacists.

You are getting paid to put patients pills in a jar, and in a bag, ringing them up and telling them to have a nice day. You are NOT being paid to convey any sort of sermon, message or criticism to paying customers.

Christ, I should switch to being a pharmacy tech just so I can deny customers stuff and offer them ridiculous advice and then claim its my religious belief to do so. Oh, what's that? You have a headache? Here, 6 oz of anal lube and a realistic sex toy. Aisle 6, have a nice day.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahHahah! Hilarious photochop. Side note, alot of companies allow their RX staff to make choices like this. so it's not just CVS on this one. i agree and dont believe some shmuck pushing pills should make decisions like this, especially when it could be a rape victim or whatever getting the pill. perhaps the Gov't should hand out the pills instead of welfare checks to mothers with 10 kids.

9:13 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i find it offensive that u call a trained, registered pharmacist a schmuck they have probably been to more school than you

10:22 PM

Blogger CVSsucks said...

Well, since I am still in college I am working on the whole education thing at the moment, by next year I'll have a degree in engineering and computer science and hopefully can persue further education in graphic/web design. So you're right, perhaps they do have more of an education than me. However, I at least have the common sense not persue a career working in one of the lowest paying pharmacy chains in the country and plan on using my education to the fullest extent rather than aiming for some low paying job I could have scored if I inside went to a community college or some crappy Voc school.

3:28 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i work for cvs as a stock worker and im putting myself through college bt i am having it up to here in this stupid company with the worst managment in any company. you get treated like a pin cushion, you have no say in anything, your pay will never increase unless you commit the rest of your precious years of your life in this company, the people who work in this company for years dont have a life outside of cvs, most managers are pedophiles and stalkers who try to put young cashiers in to lure them to there games. i tell anyone whatever you do boycott cvs, go to rite aid at least there unionized honest. i cant wait to leave this joint.

10:28 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work for a CVS/Pharmacy and CVS is a bad place to work for. 1st the Photo Superviser is a idiot. He has bad customer service and thinks he can make his own schedule. 2nd of all, most of the other employees who work there get a way with alot of stuff, leave when they want and call in sick all the time. I never have done this. 3rd, the new Manager never does anything! He just stays upstairs in the office, on his cell phone and leaves early. Managers must work 45 hours a week full time. He does not. He is also not nice to employees and call them names and makes you feel bad. If anyone who is in corporate reads this, please give the employees who deserve a chance to move up the ladder a Chance! Customers come in and even call before they come in to see if I am there because the CUSTOMER knows I am a great employee at CVS even though the company dosen't seem to give a care about the employees who are good at the company.

3:01 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Store #5978 is run by total dumbasses!

3:26 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

im a clerk and at the store i work at its nothing but crazy weirdos or people with bad accents i can't understand and they make me feel stupid because i have to keep saying "what?" when they say something to me and they laugh at me because im white and they think im ignorant.

my manager is an idiot. i ask her to get something for me while im on register and she's the only one there and she forgets every time....she walks away from me while im counting my drawer it only takes 2 minutes just stand there so you can get my total so i can get the hell home!

im trying to put myself through school. and i cant wait to get out of this hell hole..CVS treats their employees like shit and they hire idiots for assistant managers and managers....a monkey could do an assistant managers job you guys!

12:32 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

seriously all you are just fucking retarded end of story

5:51 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pharmacists go to school 4 years after undergraduate. Your bachelors in engineering is a lower level degree than a doctorate in pharmacy (thats if you graduate). Maybe you should spend more time worrying about your job security as an engineer (thats if you graduate). Most engineers I know sit at cubicles and use nothing they learned in school besides how to make an excel spreadsheet. And I don't know any engineers that make as much money as a pharmacist. Tell you what, when you become a pharmacist you fill your own scripts and you wont have to comlain. We'll see how long it takes to kill yourself and rid the world of your ignorance

6:55 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ph's are smartass jerks. They want to play Dr because they think they know more than an MD. Most of them seem to be dumb asses that couldn't hack medical school so they settled on being over paid pill counters with an attitude. Anyone that can read could be a pharmacist.

12:40 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

well--as a pharmacist i am not the brightest person but i do have some knowledge i share with people when they ask b/c their doctors don't have time to. I was very happy with SavOn until CVS took over and thus i quit the very firts day--just walked out the door (my best move as a pharmacy manager). Then I worked for Longs--a good alternative to SavOn until CVS took over them too recently. I just walked out again! What I am trying to say is that computer system and micromanagement make the pharmacy fail! I recieved a phone call from corporate one day saying that something was wrong b/c i didn't use my credentials for over 1/2 hour!--Jesus--i was doing inventory! CVS is the worst company ever!

11:53 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least these pharmacists are making 150k and dont have to worry about their jobs being outsourced to monkeys at a third world country. I wonder who is the dumb one...

4:11 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, pharmacists don't usually count pills, they check them for drug interactions. They do know more than MDs when it comes to medication and drug therapy. MDs know more about diagnosis. Finally, just because you disagree with some pharmacist's beliefs doesn't mean you should take it out on all pharmacists. How many times do computers fail? Should we say all software engineers should be shot?

12:59 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Benjamin Damon is a PIC for district in OHIO, This is the worst PIC ever seen, many pharmacists have resigned underneath his area, many more or considering to leave.

2:48 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

most pharmacy customers are complete ignorant assholes

12:29 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

CVS charges what ever they want for generic scrips, you never know what the price is until checkout. This is a load of crap, I suggest no one should ever use their pharmacies because they use deceptive practices.

6:29 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the comment that anyone that can read can be a pharmacist. I'd like to know what you do for a living you dumb fuck. You probably couldn't even hack being a dingleberry on an overworked Rph's ass

1:10 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahaha seriously, whoever wrote that anyone that can read can be a pharmacist is completely ignorant...if you dont know what it takes to become a pharmacist, i suggest you do some research

2:21 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

and if you think pharmacist get paid low wages, i suggest you research into that too

2:23 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

the pharmacist in my store is a big fat lazy meanie. lately he's been sending customers to the front registers to ask the cashiers for help with drug questions because he is too busy and angry to help. yeah, thats what a customer said to me. "your pharmacist sent me here to ask you about blah blah blah..." my response was, "um are you sure u want a cashier to tell you what to get? cuz im not even sure what language you're speaking." like, wth?

10:53 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

CVS SUCKS the cock its not even worth it it was one of the worst jobs iv ever had in my life and store #9785 is full of the biggist dip shit managers in the world and there all losers and there workers have been there for like 30 years and have no life and should just die cuz they make 10k a year wow big money there fuck cvs and fuck store 9785!!!! go to vons its better

6:13 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

ive worked for CVS as a pharmacist for barely less than 1 year and i can honestly say it is the worst job and the worst managed company ive ever encountered. the ONLY upside is that they pay really really well. for the RPh's, that is. As far as the techs and front store employees they barely make minimum wage. and for a pharm tech that is ridiculous considering all the crap they have to put up with. Im so embarrassed when i have to tell people where i work in the town i live because the store just has a horrible rep. unless youre a manager of some kind youre treated like a cockroach. i cannot wait for the moment i can find somewhere else to work because there will be no 2 week notice and there will be some bad words spoken on my way out that door. F CVS and i advise anyone to avoid going there if possible. They blow hard.

11:40 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone with a BS in Neuroscience and a PhD in Pharmacology, I assert that most pharmacists possess a pitifully truncated knowledge of pharmacology. They may know about basic classifications, interactions, etc-- but they do not possess thorough knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of pharmacology!

11:33 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey PHD. Smartass- that's why u have a PH D. stay in the lab you dumbass . No real world application and your harping on the one profession that started the understanding of pharmacology itself. Get a history lesson in you field before you speak again and look stupid doing it. Might want to treat that hemorroid with some preparation h cooling gel!

5:59 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

CVS is a evil company i recently have been demoted for no reason.I was told it was due to lack of sales. But there are other stores doing the same numbers and that position still exist in those stores. I was told that my performance was good and even got a good evaluation and that it wasnt based on my performance. I have never been demoted for doin g a good job ever.This company only cares about its stock holders and nothing else.Soon it all will come to a crash I hope not to mention I they do not pay you for your trainig I have over 100 hours of training done at home with no pay at all.I do not recomend CVS for sh*t.Once I am gone they will never see a f*ckin penny from me I will refuse to shop there and will urge other not to shopp there also.stay away stay far away they do not care about employees or thier customer at all.

1:23 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

CVS Pharmacy is pure retail HELL. For the past 2 years that I have worked there, I find the store to be dirty and poorly maintained since we have NO janitor service and the employees are forced to clean the restrooms, mop the floor of utine and what not, take out the garbage as well as ask each and every customer for their dam EXTRA CARE CARD.

No increase your hourly pay no matter how hard you work, than they have the balls to cut your hours and give them to younger hired people that are 20 something and have no real experience. Boycott CVS because all they want and care about are Profits Over People.

4:29 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

All you angry people leaving ignorant comments about pharmacy and pharmacists need to get your facts straight. Pharmacists do not just "count pills", in fact most retail pharmacists don't even count the pills b/c the technicians do. Pharmacists check for drug-interactions, appropriate medication-therapy management based on disease-state guidelines, therapeutic-interchange, call retarded doctors who prescribe inappropriate doses/medications and even wrong medications/doses, provide patient's with appropriate OTC regimens, etc. Many pharmacist are also board certified in specialty areas such as oncology, diabetes, geriatric pharmacy, pediatric pharmacy, ambulatory care, nuclear pharmacy, etc. Pharmacists go to school for 6 six to earn their Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Then, many pharmacists also go on to do residencies and fellowships which can be 1 - 2 years. The list goes on as to how much knowledge, education, and time gets put into becoming a pharmacist. Do not open your mouth to discredit and belittle who a pharmacist is when you people obviously haven't the slightest idea what it even takes and means to be a pharmacist. Let's just make it clear that most doctors are only adept in the diagnosis of their particular specialty field but when it comes to the drugs used to manage their specialty as well as drugs used to manage other disease states, they need the help of the pharmacist (whether it be drug selection, drug dosage, drug titration, drug adverse effects and how to manage or minimize them, etc) - pharmacists are the drug specialists in the medical field. So again, all you ignorant idiots shut your mouth and do some research before making false accusations.

10:26 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

no joke cvs sucks balls

1:04 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pharmicists are useless anyway. I mean a doctor prescribes a medicine. The doctor needs expertise I get that. But what does the pharmicist do that a God Damn vending machine couldn't do better?

It's just another layer of burocracy between people and their medication.

4:52 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unless you are a registered pharmacist, or have worked in a retail chain pharmacy, I would like to know how you are so knowledgeable about the practice of pharmacy and the federal pharmacy laws. To a registered pharmacist like myself, your comments or opinions really, about our job description or what you think you know our job entails, are quite amusing. I just wish you and others reading these comments knew how incredibly wrong and foolish you really are. Maybe next time do a little research so you don't look like such an uneducated waste to society.

7:06 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love how all the douchebag pharmacists are here trying to defend their honor, posting angry rants replete with misspellings, grammatical errors and insults slung at the obviously more educated pharmacist-critics. It just goes to show that the person who said that anyone who can read can be a pharmacist is dead wrong. Evidently you can be a pharmacist and not be able to read, or write, at all!

You retards should just accept the fact that your job is to count pills and stick labels on bottles, be happy you're not digging ditches out in the hot sun, and stop lamenting your failure in med school. You're not doctors, because you're not smart enough to be doctors. Get over it.

3:36 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Accusing others of poor grammar and spelling is a lame. There is evidently no shortage of those who resent the academic and career success of pharmacists in general. What's the deal with this hostility? If you're satisfied with your station in life, why bother to insult another profession of which you have no involvement? Perhaps it fills a gap caused by want and desire of a better life that goes unfulfilled. Get over it.

12:38 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an idiotic, nonsensical post! Thanks for proving my point.

9:45 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, pharmacy and med school are equally hard. Both have a tremendous amount of volume to learn. Truthfully, anyone could go to med or pharm school if they're willing study a million more hours than anyone else, etc. Both take the same prereqs and have tough admission standards to meet for admission. Pharmacists are trained only on drugs and are the drug information experts. Doctors have a cursory knowledge of drugs, but pharmacists go much more into depth. Doctors are the experts with diagnosis, but pharmacists are the expert with pharmacotherapy. If you think pharmacy is easier, you should sit through a college organic chemistry lecture, and see just how "easy" it is because organic chemistry is the heart of pharmacy. I doubt you will last longer than 5 minutes, because you seem like an instant gratification type of person.

3:17 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah this is pretty funny. Here we have pharmacists who have graduated with 6+ years of higher education (and a doctorate degree/equivalent) trying to explain to societie's bums why they should be respected. That is like trying to tell a heroin addict that heroin is bad for him. There's no point. They haven't amounted to anything in life, so they come here to b*tch and complain about the pharmacists. Maybe because they were pissed that a $10 copay was too much for them to afford, or because they couldn't hack it in school themselves, or because pharmacists are highly compensated for hard work and dedication. Either way, I don't care, its sickening and annoying.

I am a pharmacy student coming towards the end of my education so I have some say in this stupid argument. I have been working in retail pharmacies for several years and have seen enough to know the ins and outs.

Pharmacists....don't waste your time getting pissed off at these stupid comments. You know what you had to go through, and how much you really do on a regular basis.

As for the morons who try to come here and rip on the people who did all of this trainig and hard work TO HELP MORONS LIKE YOU...just stop talking. Technicians and interns do most of the "pill counting" that you claim pharmacists do. Meanwhile pharmacists are checking your presciptions from your doctors and making sure you don't, oh you know, die, destroy your liver, develop seratonin syndrome...stuff you would know nothing about. Not to mention busting their ass making sure noone else is making mistakes, hassling with doctors left and right, ensuring correct therapy and doses, and battling with insurance companies to, guess what, SAVE YOU MORONS MONEY. In fact, I feel bad for you. While you're sitting here making yourself feel better by trying to tear the profession down, we're sitting here trying to learn of ways that we can help you. That's what I'll be doing for the rest of my life. So before you post your next dumb remark, ask yourself, what have you done in your life that makes you so special?

11:25 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

...How do you know if the people who have commented are bums of society? After reading through these comments it seems to me that there is a good mix of previous CVS pharmacy workers, CVS customers, and pharmacists (or at least those training to become one). From my past experiences the people I've seen at the pharmacies as well as the people I know, have respect for pharmacists. We know that a profession in the medical field likely entails extensive training. I don't think it's that big of a problem for some people to express their unhappiness with their experiences with the CVS pharmacy or pharmacists. After all, every side deserves a voice and their comments here won't have much effect on the general respect of the pharmacy profession.

What I think is funny is that this particular pharmacy student (anonymous who commented at 11:25 am) set on doing 'special' things in life ("making sure no one else makes mistakes, hassling doctors, ensuring correct doses etc") by helping others really isn't. I mean, I don't think I want to be helped by someone who considers me a "moron" right off the bat. Obviously that person isn't really going to help at all.

Also, what if I was a person with a chronic illness or disease and had to take repeated and varied medications over the years? Honestly, I should know something about what I'm taking and how to take care of my own medical condition, it's not like I rely entirely on the pharmacist.

The message is: I, and other people like me, would know a thing or two as well since we would basically be specialists in our own medical conditions. You're asking others to stop talking and start listening? Well maybe you should take some of your own medicine.

Also, with 6+ years of higher education you are most definitely senior to me. However, though I'm younger and have less experiences in life at least I have more dignity and maturity in not calling other people names. And, you think you're so special? You're just another drudge of society, there are a million other pharmacists out there with even more up and coming pharmacists running behind you. You'll be overtaken and washed over in the blink of an eye, and I think that would be best for the patients living in your area.

6:51 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats the problem with society. People have no clue the process of making of a prescription. All the school training and money it takes to get this type of job ...only to be treated like shit and disrespected. You dont just fill a bottle of pills and slap a label on it morons..theres way more than that to the process. People want McDonalds type service as well. Fuck you..we go as fast as we can and make sure everything is correct so we dont kill your stupid ass.

12:03 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a retarded fucknut

12:17 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's fine stupid laypersons comments. I just cruise in my BMW to the airport to fly to locations like Zurich and Dubai....pretty good for a pill counter...oh yeah I speak partial amounts of about 10 languages. Draw me a structure of aspirin. Show me how Zoloft works on Serotonin?

5:26 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do feel that CVS is the worst pharmacy I've ever been to. Unfortunately, I'm in a small town and it's the closest one to my senior apartment so that I can just walk there and get whatever I need. They have messed up my scripts so many times that I am going to be changing to one that is further away, but does do free delivery. Several times a year I need to get pain medication. I have 3 fusions in my neck, with a few more bulging discs. Along with that, I have permanent nerve damage and one of the old fusions is falling apart due to new osteophytes - not pleasant. I also need both hips replaced and both knees, but I am not yet eligable for a caregiver so that I can at least get home from the hospital after surgery as I have no family to help and drive me around for the two months of no driving after each surgery. Oh yes, almost forgot, I also have 3 bulging discs in my lower back and had a 10 hour surgery where the surgeon said that he couldn't do any more to relieve the situation as the scar tissue would be a problem if he ever had to go back in. When I go to pick up my script I am often treated like some street corner bum that is selling pills. Enough is enough!

9:34 AM

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7:32 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put the meds in a vending machine with a phone next to it to ask a question. People just want their shit and go home and rather google their info about meds cause they think they're smarter than everyone else...Let God sort them out

1:16 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello...I am a pharmacist and first off...PHARMACISTS DO NOT HAVE PHds or any sort of DOCORATE LEVEL education. The PharmD is the entrance level degree for all pharmacists now. The PharmD degree was designed increase college tuition. Pharmacy students do not have to write a dissertation or defend it after 10-12 years of college like real PhDs do. The pharmacy students have rotations (big whoop...dont give me a 5 page resume with your dumb rotations-that doesnt make you an expert...real experience does). No one but the little brain washed pharm D's recognize you as a "doctor"....get real. We are all Registered Pharmacists and the designation doesnt make a bit of difference as far as pay. PS...I am a PharmD and most pharmacists have NO COMMON SENSE.

5:20 PM

Anonymous dock d said...

being a pharmacist myself..i have to agree with a few of these posts...we aint stupid or schmucks.. its our job to counsel, advise, and give recommendations, on top of dispensing meds. and yes, we know how to do our job, and we might not be practicing MDs, but we are trained to be pharmacists, and went to school for to long. it be nice to get some appreciation and recognition for the hard work we do, going above and beyond slavery, def seems that way most times. and yes, most MDs are lazy, dumb, ignorant, and oblivious to up-to-date med changes. FDA stated vicodin now comes 5/300, and 7.5/300, so start learning to put the strengths in, so i dont have to waste my time calling you for being an ignorant idiot...

10:24 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i is a pharmist and i works hard at cvs and likes they store. you dont kno what we do. we are drug experts and i saves many lives one at a time.

11:22 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

MD's do not write/defend a dissertation either. I guess I wouldn't mind a Ph.D in fashion or music handling my medication. I mean, they are doctors after all, and if they can decipher art from crap, then why not a doctor's written orders. Experience is everything. Ask a resident.

6:36 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love how it's front store employees that think the pharmacists are stupid. Keep on bitching. Maybe they'll raise that minimum wage, or train monkeys to do your job for you.

10:49 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

CVS/Pharmacy is a pathetic company. They do not care about their employees, only about numbers. There is a lot of micro managing, and they make a lot of threats if goals aren't met. And if goals are met, they still make threats. Consumer, value, store? Or chocolate, vanilla, and strawberries. It's all BS. The pharmacist can't even verify prescriptions correctly because there is not enough staff. So about 85% of the prescriptions are filled correctly, what about the other 15%? Every week at my old store there would be a med error. And on top of that over 30 pharmacists quit in my district alone.. Why isn't CVS getting investigated? Aren't peoples lives on the line? How can you expect to to provide correct patient care if the pharmacist is ringing up customers and not verifying prescriptions? It's because there are only 1-2 techs working at a store that fills 1500+ a week? And the idiot that said anyone that can read can be a pharmacist is a douche. There are really good pharmacists and really bad ones. The only difference is how willing they are to take their time to communicate with their patients. People think they can go to the ER every week to get a norco script and get it filled at 20 different pharmacies? Its people like this that make pharmacists lose compassion. Pharmacists are the last person to verify a prescription before it gets in the patients hands. If a dose is wrong, if a prescription is incorrectly processed, if the doctor made a mistake then results can be fatal. There is more to a pharmacists then counting pills. And they are usually the first person to be contacted for medical advice because a patient either doesn't have insurance, doesn't have a primary physician, or they are really lazy. End /rant

11:51 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a pharmacist and my grammar sucks. I don't really know how to spell or read that well. I can't remember much about drugs and I might not be as smart as all of you self appointed geniuses out there. But I'm smart enough to get paid $150,000 a year for knowing how to read. So I didn't really read any of your opinions out there, or care about them.

9:09 PM

Blogger Zippy Da Squirrel said...

Hmm.....sounds like some self-righteous pharmacists have God complexes. A physician who has MORE education than a lowly pharmacist wants a customer to have a specific medication, it isn't up to you and your silly beliefs to stand in the way.

12:33 PM

Anonymous Wicked wizard of the west said...

What a waste of my time. I thought this whole blog was about CVS and I just see, pardon, read a bunch of angry people about pharmacists in general.

Vending machines are great for candies that is. Let us invent a robot to replace your drs too. The rise of the machines…. eureka! After we replaced the human workforce and made production processes and the service industry significantly cheaper and more efficient let us think about exterminating the majority of the human race since they became "no longer needed" in the process.
In this brave new world all them angry peoples will be stardust.

Anyways, I work for Riteaid. It is the same as CVS . No differences, positive or negative. Stores,staff and management greatly varies by region and state.
Customers are more or less the same, irrational, but that is how sick people are. You ain`t selling bridal dresses or performing in a Broadway show.

A pharmacist union would be a God sent but just like this Country itself pharmacists are too individualistic.
I have yet to see a cat herd.

Love your patients, even the highly unpleasant ones and try to understand their psychology even at your darkest hour. Treasure your good techs but get rid of the ones who cannot cope with the challenge.
Corporate processes are dry, easy to understand and their set standards are artificial, always.
Profit margins, profit margins and profit margins.

3:47 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Largely excellent comments. But not all: "Actually, pharmacists don't usually count pills, they check them for drug interactions. They do know more than MDs when it comes to medication and drug therapy."

On what basis do you say this? Pharmacists do not examine patients. In school, they do not take courses in pathology, clinical diagnosis, detailed human anatomy, become familiar with radiology, cardiac, respiratory, GI and other dynamics, other lab tests, surgical findings and indications, to say nothing of the psychosocial factors associated with illness and patients' perception of illness. Pharmacists do not spend thousands of hour examining and treating patients under the tutelage of senior physicians. Most medical students have completed more basic science in chemistry, biochemistry and related sciences BEFORE they even enter medical school than pharmacy students get in their entire college career. Physicians assume full responsibility for the professional decisions they make. 24/7. Who does the patient call when they have an unexpected reaction to the drug? Or a perceived reaction because they read doctor google? At 3:00 AM? If they do call the pharmacists, does he/she treat them? No. They immediately refer the patient back to the doctor.

Medications are only one option in the overall treatment of patients. Physicians are responsible for selecting the best overall plan of treatment, including meds and non-meds. Pharmacists, have zero sense of priority. They simply read from whatever Dr. Google tells them or what their company policy tells them.

Pharmacists have a real and useful role in healthcare. playing junior doctor and passing judgement on physicians' decisions based upon whatever line of BS their corporate offices handed out is not one of them.

Steer clear of "big box" pharmacies. Go to the pharmacist who owns operates the pharmacy. That will usually cure 90% of the BS and insults most people suffer at the hands of pharmacy techs and pharmacists who don't know and don't know that they don't know.

7:01 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

CVS has a second agenda. If they can make your experience trying to fill your prescription from your doctor miserable enough, it raises the likelihood that you will stop into their "Minute Clinic" where you do not even need an appointment, and for $69 cash on the barrel head, you can see a nice nurse or maybe even a "prescribing pharmacist". It is also guaranteed that whatever prescription you have filled, will be done with a smile and promptly.

90% of their rude questions and condescending manner is corporate directed and goal directed toward the above.

7:34 PM


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