Share Your Pharmacy Pet Peeves

Published Online: Sunday, April 1, 2007

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:

31. Trying to comprehend the total lack of understanding by prescribers of the importance of communicating actual prescriptions to the patient's pharmacy when a patient leaves a long-term care facility and goes back to an independent or assisted living situation.—Marc Yanow

32. Dealing with insurance companies that tell people to ask their pharmacist for a few days'supply of medication while the insurance company takes its time issuing ID cards.—Hank Wretzel

33. Dealing with non-English-speaking immigrants who present a prescription from the local free clinic bearing a handwritten note from the prescriber that reads, "Directions in Spanish only, please." Needless to say, the Spanish directions are not given, and the assumption is that all pharmacies are equipped to and responsible for providing translation services.—D. Lowery

34. Picking up prescriptions that were dropped off last month.

35. Going to the shelf to get the drugs and finding that there are only 1 or 2 tablets left in the stock bottle.

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