Magazine article Drug Topics

A Thoroughly Modern Malady

Magazine article Drug Topics

A Thoroughly Modern Malady

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COMMENTARY

Stop! You still have to check two prescription orders and that woman at the counter looks really angry... Harry A. is standing in front of you, frowning. You stamped "See Pharmacist" on Mr. A's receipt and you can 't even remember why. How can you be expected to remember what happened this morning?... "I don't care if the telephone is for the pharmacist!" you squeal at the technician... Coffee! You still have half a Thermos from the morning. The coffee is cold and tastes stale, but you hastily drain a cup, dribbling some on your shirt...No, you don't know whether the beach chairs are on sale, and frankly, you don't care... "The same to you, buddy!"... You stride over to the consultatimi window and repeat, for the third time, to the metronidazole panent that the side effects include tolerable body aches and pains and a metallic taste in the mouth... "Don 't take it then!"

Going to the bathroom is priority ONE at this point. "I don 't care if the doctor's line has been holding. " You practically trot to the bathroom and THE DOOR IS LOCKED. You do a little jig, holding it tightly, but, ARRRRRGHHH. By the time the mother and her four children unlock the door, you...well...little accidents can happen.

Recently, I turned to the technician and said, "I'm all caught up. What is there for me to do?"

"Jim, you work like a madman and when you get a little break you want more work. What's wrong with you?"

"I can't help it," I said. I was looking through the problem box for something to do. "This is the way I have always worked."

"It must be a pharmacist addiction. You all race like you'll get a whuppin' if you dare to slow down." She was laughing at me. "Hurry up and wait," I said, still looking for something to do.

All occupations have intrinsic hazards. In an article in The New York Times, I read about a group in Buffalo who worked in the plants supplying pumped-up radioactive materials to the nuclear weapons industry. This was in the 1950s; now they're getting sick with cancer. Because of poor recordkeeping, some of them are not able to take advantage of a medical program specifically designed for them. Some are just dying.

Pharmacists don't have to worry about glowing in the dark at night. …

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