Share Your Pharmacy Pet Peeves

MARCH 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:

26. Dealing with spouses or significant others who come in with a prescription and don't have the insurance card, don't know who wrote the prescription or why, and can't even come up with a correct birth date for the patient.—K. Carney

27. Handling inpatient doctors who wait until 3 minutes before the pharmacy closes to start making changes. —Teri Blue-Undem

28. Explaining a patient's benefits because the information provided by the PBMs is not clear, or the employer hasn't provided it to the employee.—Scott Himler

29. Trying to understand drug manufacturers that send warning notices to pharmacies saying we should be more careful dispensing their look-a-like-name drug. They should be more careful coming up with the name in the first place.—Joe Jeffries

30. Dealing with governors, senators, and members of Congress who say they're helping their constituents by promoting drugs from Canada. —Norman Noffsinger