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FEBRUARY 01, 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:

21. Dealing with people who call to ask what the little blue pill is supposed to do. They provide no prescription number, no tablet number, and it wasn't filled in your pharmacy. —Shirley Ford

22. Trying to comprehend why state boards of pharmacy and/or state labor departments don't have the intestinal fortitude to mandate a paid lunch break for pharmacists of at least a half hour away from the pharmacy.—Wayne Schmad

23. Having a patient call to get refills on "everything," just to have them call back after they've picked them up, wanting a refund on one the doctor had "taken them off of last week." —Michelle Scott

24. Using insurance cards in general with all their codes, numbers, and various names, most of which don't apply to actually getting the prescription filled in a timely manner. —Raymond Fraedrich

25. Dealing with not being able to purchase drugs at the same prices as mail-order companies.—W.F. Ott