I would like to place my order and I want it right now! Not in 15 minutes, but I want it right now. It is so amazing how certain segments of society see the pharmacy as a fast food joint. No, you may not order a number 2, as this is not the place for that. Yes indeed, the pharmacy is not McDonalds! It is a place of serious business where highly educated pharmacist oversees a patient’s overall drug therapy.
The pharmacist job is more than putting pills in a bottle and involves cognitive skills and the vast understanding of pharmacology and pharmacotherapy. Pharmacist address medication therapy management, look out for drug/drug interactions, educate patients through counseling, provide patient care services such as immunizations, provide Over The Counter recommendations, and communicate with physicians in augmenting a patient’s drug therapy based on their professional judgment. This is not what happens at McDonalds, I might add. So, when the pharmacist says it would take some minutes to get your prescription ready, he/she is not only looking out for your interests, but also upholding the Oath of a Pharmacist. I am sure no one wants to take the wrong medicine and experience all its unintended consequences.
Ordering a number 2 is not the same as bringing in your prescription to get filled, they are totally different things. So the next time that you go to the pharmacy, think -professional environment and don’t rush the pharmacist. Pharmacists know what they are doing and are not trying to delay giving you your medicine. There is a lot going on behind the pharmacy counter, doctor calls, patient calls, flu shots, prescription issues, prescription volumes and the like.