Pharmacists do more than just filling orders. They are the second check and sometimes the ones to find issues overlooked.
How many times have we heard: “that is not your job to question me, just fill the order,” while we are questioning an order? Whether we are questioning an order based on unclear aspects or questioning an order based on just the order itself, there can be times where the prescriber is a little bit frustrated with questions. Why do prescribers act this way?
The bigger question is how in the world are we supposed to handle this type of behavior?
At the end of the day, the health of the patient is the driving force. If you are calling on behalf of a patient for their care, it makes sense to continue to ask. Even if the physician does not agree, keeping the patient’s health first is the top priority.
Verifying an order for correctness, clarity, and indications is actually our job as pharmacists, and learning how to do these functions with confidence is part of improving our value outside of traditional pharmacist roles.