Pet Peeves

Published Online: Monday, January 20, 2014
Patients Who Think We Have Pharmacy Elves.
Patients who come in as soon as we open to pick up a prescription they called in overnight, when we were closed. Do they think the pharmacy elves get it ready for them?

Inquisitive Line Cutters.
When we are extremely busy and have a line of people, and one customer cuts in line. When I look up from the prescription I’m checking for the next patient and tell the cutter it will be a moment, he or she says, “I just have a question” ... as if I can concentrate on what I’m doing and listen to the question also.

Facetious Physicians.
I can’t stand doctors who are jerks. We sent 3 refill requests to a local doc, and when he finally sent them back to us, his comment was, “We sent this to you already. Check under your refrigerator.” Then he signed it, “Yours Truly.” Makes me wonder how he treats his fellow coworkers and nurses, and his family for that matter!

Almost Everything.
Patients who ask, “Just fill everything you can.” Then when they come to the window to pick up “everything,” they have us put back several items because they don’t want them.

What’s bothering you? Pharmacy Times wants to know.
Send your pet peeves to We’ll add them to our ongoing published list.
Share your Pet Peeves with Pharmacy Times today!

Latest Articles
This weekly video program highlights the latest in pharmacy news, product news, and more.
Propranolol is red, digoxin is blue. Your pharmacist’s heart may skip a beat if they get a valentine from you.
Health-system pharmacists can play a critical role in managing drug shortages to prevent medical errors and adverse events.
The White House is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to combat the Zika virus, which is creeping into the United States and ravaging some foreign countries.
Latest Issues