Friday, May 30, 2008

I Work For Jackasses

There are certain people who just shouldn't be hired to work at some businesses. You wouldn't hire an alcoholic to work at a liquor store for instance. One would assume that that would be simple common sense. Obviously someone missed that memo in this company.

Our manager just hired a person to work the register at the pharmacy. This person has a lengthy profile with us and is in fact a restricted patient with an opiate agreement. They have been known to lie to us to try and squeeze out an early refill or two. Now one would think that maybe, just maybe, this would not be the most ideal employee to work in our pharmacy. We've only been robbed twice in the last year and had our manager arrested for selling a couple thousand Hydrocodone to an undercover federal agent. Nah, this won't be an issue at all....

Bunch of fucking dumbasses. I swear I have a bigger brain in my left testicle than any of the other management jackasses does. Thank god I'm drinkin' tonight...


Wednesday, May 28, 2008

How Long Would You Stay?

Imagine you have a job which you have worked your ass off at for well over three years. You have no opportunity for a raise whatsoever, even though you are well under the national average for your position. You can bend over backwards for the company, and still be told you're not doing enough. You can have saved the company tens of thousands of dollars and countless customers, yet not a thank you is given. You have looked the other way when one of the many many state and federal laws have been broken by various people in the company. You have kept smiling when you are told that 'You're replaceable' by upper management.

So how long would you stay? How long could you put up with shit like that? I'm curious.


Friday, May 23, 2008

Sunday Will Rule

I don't mention it much on here, but I happen to be an auto racing fiend. NASCAR is my main one, but I also love Formula 1, the IRL, you name it. This Sunday I shall, hopefully, remained parked on my ass for almost the entire day. My schedule is as follows:

6:30am to 9am - Formula 1, GP of Monaco
Noon to 4pm - Indy 500
5pm to 9:30pm - Coca-Cola 600


Very very rarely do you get the opportunity to enjoy such a trifecta, and I am hoping to be able to watch all of them. Would be a very nice way to kind of relax and recoup for the coming week (the day after memorial day sucks ass). Needless to say I am a very very happy little boy.


Thursday, May 22, 2008

Twitter

I added a Twitter box to the blog the other day, a la the Drug Nazi, to try out for a lil while. Also gives me something to entertain while I'm on hold with Medica. Yay for that!


Recalls

I can remember when we were lucky to see an actual recall notice once a month. Hell that wasn't that long ago. Now we are receiving them on an almost daily basis. What the hell is up with that? I think the more disturbing question is if there is so many recalls now, what in the world was going on prior to this? Just a random musing as I'm going through our order this morning...


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

What in the hell...

Saw this during previews for Prince Caspian last night.. What in the hell is the world coming to??




Monday, May 19, 2008

What Would You Do?

I am really getting tired of the ethical dilemmas which are being presented to us, and then being told to take the non-ethical path. So I decided that we'll play a game and see what you do.

Patient calls us stating that we shorted her 20 of the 90 Lortab 7.5s she received today. She also states that this has happened the last two times she had this drug filled. Looking at her profile you notice that almost everything is either Hydrocodone or Diazepam. Since she's a fairly regular customer, you know that she looks more or less like a crackhead (not to be rude, but she does).

Now also realize that that drug is counted by our robot, a ScriptPro SP 200. For those of you who are unfamiliar with that type of robot, it counts the tablets by causing them to break a laser. This records the number that go into the vial. Now it does happen where two tablets will fall simultaneously and they will get counted at one. It is very very rare for these things to under count something because of this.

Now say you also run tests on it and kick out 14 vials of 90 count Hydrocodone 7.5s just on the off chance that it is counting wrong. Out of the 1,260 tablets you request you get... 1,260 tablets.

Therefore that patient claims we consistently short her tablets, which you have effectively demonstrated is highly unlikely. Additionally the fact that it would miscount nearly 25% of the prescription is even more absurd.

The question is: Would you give her the 20 tablets we 'shorted' her?

I said no for obvious reasons. You can guess what the pharmacist I was working with chose to do.

So, what would you do?


Monday, May 12, 2008

Fuck My School

Its finals week for me. Seven tests in five days. Four of them comprehensive. Two of the comprehensive over two semesters. Whoopdy fuckin do.

Needless to say I have been studying a lot. It has gotten to the point that I can no longer study at home. You see I tend to find other things to do like the dishes or scrubbing the kitchen floor rather than study after a while. Hell its the only time I seem to dust under the coffee table. Go figure.

Today I decided its time to go and study at the library instead. I find myself a nice little corner, plop down the iPod, the Dew, my notecards, notes and textbooks and make myself nice and comfy. I plan on being there for a while. Shoulda got a catheter in hindsight, but maybe for tomorrow night. Anywho I'm in my groove and I go to take a short ten minute break to relax and dick around on the internet. Then I hear over the PA system:

"The library will be closing in 15 minutes."


It was 9:45 PM. What fucking college library closes at 10PM during finals week? Normally its open until Midnight the last two weeks of school, but no not this year. Shit when I was in Omaha the library was open until 2AM during finals. So I pack up all my shit and grumble to some other pissed off students as I walk out the door.

Now I sit on my couch, debating if I should put Season 2 of House in the DVD player. I'll probably end up making more notecards and shit, but I feel a bit better now that I vented. Don't you?


Friday, May 9, 2008

Batman Returns

It was a normal day in the ghetto. People getting their Lortabs, buying their cigs, letting their kids roam the streets. Needless to say I was in a pretty good mood because I had been at work for two hours and had not gotten yelled at for not knowing how much our eggs are. I was stoked.

About noon we found out that one of our customers had a warrant out for her arrest. Don't ask me how, but we always seem to find this kind of shit out about them. A few minutes later this person then walks in the door to drop off a prescription. My day just got better.


Oh yes it was time to put on the batsuit. Now this woman whom I shall now call Winona, more on that in a sec, was dropping off her usual Methadone script. We know she isn't probably in the best frame of mind considering she takes 180mg of Methadone a day, but I was not considering this. I was ready to put criminals behind bars!

Winona states that she'd be back in an hour and I immediately spring into action. I first call the court house to confirm that the warrant is still active (just to be sure) and it is. Turns out she's been wanted for theft for about three weeks. Thus why I am calling her Winona after the theft happy actress Winona Ryder. It was time to spring into action.

I waited patiently for Winona to come back and sure enough she did. She was in a rather chipper mood today, almost made me feel guilty for bustin' her ass. Oh well. I went in the back and dialed our friendly police station. They told me they would send a squad over right away. Bitchin'. I proceed to stall her for the next ten minutes. Shoot the shit, that kind of general stuff. I am a master at this kinda crap, its really remarkable.

During this time I get a phone call from our nursing facility. It turns out that the police were a little confused and went there instead. Dumbasses. I correct them and they say they'll be here in another ten minutes. Time for more stalling in which I create this wonderfully elaborate story on why her prescription is taking so long. Seriously I should write a book on how to make up this shit.

Finally the squad arrives and they come in the front door, one down each aisle. The look on her face when she turned around was utterly priceless. Its that same look a teenage boy gets when his mom walks in on him masturbating. Makes me wish I woulda had a camera. Winona proceeds to argue that she doesn't really have a warrant and all this other bs. Obviously she's not as good at making stuff up as I am.

Finally she asks if she can just get her drugs and she'll go to the station. They agree to let her do that before they cuff her. Now this is the kicker are you ready....

She took the prescription without paying. She was being arrested for theft and then technically stole her prescription in front of the police officers. How fucking awesome is that. I mean good Lord it does not get any sweeter than that.

I watched her get cuffed and tossed in the back of the police car and taken away. She did shoot me a rather nasty look as she was leaving, probably because she knows what I was doing. In any case it was the most fun day of work I have had in quite a while. I should bring the batsuit out more often...


Monday, May 5, 2008

Strange

Usually the media has a knack for finding tidbits about healthcare and blowing them out of proportion. When a major drug problem is discovered, CNN, FoxNews and damn near everyone else in the world has some big story covering it. This time, however, it appears the media is ignoring the latest recall.

Digoxin was recalled recently in all strengths, all lot numbers, all expiration dates. This was only with the Mylan/Actavis/Bertek brands. We were thus told to contact the patients to get said medication back and replace it. Why you might ask? There exists the possibility that the tablets contain double the intended dose.

Now this seems like the kind of thing the mass media would just love to exploit. Actually this is one instance when we wouldn't mind it as its kind of a pain in the ass to get ahold of all these people. Funny how that works


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