Share Your Pharmacy Pet Peeves

Published Online: Friday, December 1, 2006

It is no secret that pet peeves come with any profession. Pharmacy Times wants to know what ticks you off. In each issue of our ePharmacy Times newsletter, we will continue our ongoing list of pharmacists' complaints. Perhaps you'll identify with one and nod your head in agreement because you're not alone. Please e-mail your complaints along with your name to Eileen Koutnik-Fotopoulos at Here are some pet peeves pharmacists have submitted:

6. Trying to comprehend insurance plans that allow only 1 refill of a chronic medication and then require mail order for their clients (our patients)—Barry Fidler

7. Dealing with patients who will not get off their cell phone when you are trying to counsel them, or even just checking to make sure they are the correct patient—Paula Lukas

8. Filling prescriptions for patients who order a refill, then have the prescription transferred to another pharmacy without picking up their refill—Mel Kottwitz

9. Handling patients who come in on a Saturday with no medication and are out of refills—Julie Strahl

10. Offering patient counseling when 98% of the patients want to talk about how much the drug costs—Jamie Huff

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