(Closed) Spinoff: How do you think your pharmacy works?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
3638 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Having worked in a doctor’s surgry, I know too well the dramas of both doctor’s prescribing things which don’t mesh with other prescriptions, and patients leaving re-newals too late and thinking “oh the pharmasist will just cover me”, the pharmasist then trying to get the make-up script from the doctor and the doctor saying that they aren’t comfortable prescribing that pill to that patient at this time.

I feel you. People sometimes just don’t “get” medical practitces. That being said, it’s hard to know if you’ve never worked on the other side.

/sorry in advance for any errors in this post, I’m about 3 glasses of red into the evening.  

Post # 4
2450 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012



well… easiest perscription would probably be one of those pre-packaged foil things of pills… so i guess that would just be counting out how many is needed.

then there are pills that don’t need to be altered… find the correct type of pill with the correct measurement and hen count out how many is needed.

um… and i saw a picture story of a pharmacist who needed to create pills for someone who was too small to take what they had. he had to crush them all with a mortar and pestle, measure out how much medicine was needed in each capsule, complete with fillers (calcium or whatever) and then close the capsules.

then… print out labels?

package up and put on shelf alphebetically by patient’s name.

give to patient.

that’s my vague guess.

Post # 5
999 posts
Busy bee

I always refill mine online so normally set my pick up for the next day around 12 hours or so from when I refill. Refill message gets sent to my pharmacy, then pharm tech measures out the correct amount. Pharamacist then checks to make sure the prescription is correct then bagged before being set to the side to be hung up where I then come to another pharmacy associate to pick up and pay for my meds.

Post # 6
1222 posts
Bumble bee

All I get from my pharmacy is my birth control, which comes completely packaged in 3-month intervals. So pretty much, I think they just have to make a label and hand it to me. Even when I’ve called in a refill it has never taken more than an hour or so to have mine filled, and I assume that was because there were other people in front of me. I did have to pick up prescriptions for ibuprofen/a cough suppresant/an antibiotic last year, which didn’t even take 30 minutes to get filled- doctor called it in and between me leaving there and getting to the pharmacy, they were ready. So I assume all that was necessary was counting out the pills and making a label?

Post # 7
1088 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My husband is a pharmacist, he really does see the worst of people. This pretty much sums it up:



Post # 8
1185 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

After getting/reading/clarifying the doctor’s prescription, verifying insurance takes the most time.

Post # 9
5009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

For a fairly straight-forward prescription, I imagine it goes like this:

  • Patient hands chit to person at counter who gives an estimate on how long it’ll take and gets them to sign the relevant forms (NHS Scotland here, so no need to check insurance or pay for it)
  • Person at counter hands it to pharmacist or pharmacy assistant in the area with all the medications
  • It is added to a queue of other prescriptions to be filled
  • Once they get to that chit, go to the shelf/drawer and get the right medication
  • Check that there is enough to fill the prescription
  • Check that there are the correct number of pills in the box/bottle
  • Double check the last stage
  • Print label detailing amount supply and basic usage instructions (dosage, when to take it and what to take it with)
  • Repeat for all items on the prescription
  • Get pharmacist to check it and sign it off (or double-check it)
  • Put all prescriptions from the chit into a paper bag and add a label with name and address on it
  • Give bag to patient.

Post # 10
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think what people also don’t realize is that they are not the only person who needs their medication filled. Just because you don’t see anyone standing around waiting for their prescription does NOT mean previous customers aren’t walking around the store waiting, next door shopping, in the car waiting. 

Post # 11
1619 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I always wonder how the pharmacy has every imaginable drug at their disposal so quickly.  Is there like… a vault back there?  I have to take some pretty strange medication that isn’t terribly common, but my pharmacy always has my prescription ready the same day my doctor calls it in!  I think pharmacies work by magic.

Post # 12
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@peasantsong:  LOL I used to get a pretty common prescription and the pharmacy never had it around as they had to send out to the central location for it. They would say it would be ready one day but what they meant was “one day… in the future… maybe” Really sucks when you are trying to refill a pill that has to be taken daily!

Post # 13
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My dad is a Walgreens manager so has obviously been through all the pharmacy training…so I actually know the whole process and am always a very nice and understanding customer =)

I know lots of people tend to be like, ‘OMG you just count pills, how hard can it be?!” But yeah, I know that’s not the case.

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