Thursday, April 30, 2009

Pandemic 09'!

This swine flu thing is getting just fucking ridiculous. CNN.com has a Swine Flu Tracker. Yes, a tracker. See this piece of douchbaggery here - http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/04/30/swine.flu.outbreak/index.html#cnnSTCOther2

Is this what our society has come to? Mass hysteria over 300 cases of a flu virus in a population of 6+ billion? Are we that fucking paranoid? Everywhere I go, I see that masks and antiseptic washes are sold out. Never mind the fact we are on the exact opposite side of the country from the border of Mexico, we must be prepared!

The strange thing is, why the hell isn't anyone speaking up about this? You can't tell me there is not a high-up educated individual who doesn't realize what a crock of shit all of this is. I mean if this is nearing pandemic proportions, obviously we have overlooked the great Gonorhea Pandemic of 2005. Or perhaps the Stye Pandemic of 1981.

As a society would should be disgusted with ourselves for letting something like this happen. Personally, I shall be using our store's wiffle ball bat to smack any person upside the head if they start saying they think they have swine flu.

I'll leave you with one last thought, anyone know one of the defintions for swine?

3. a coarse, gross, or brutishly sensual person.
4. a contemptible person.


I think that's all I really need to say about that


Friday, April 24, 2009

Divorce vs Murder

A respectable lady went into the pharmacy, walked up to the pharmacist, looked straight into his eyes, and said, 'I would like to buy some cyanide.'

The pharmacist asked, 'Why in the world do you need cyanide? '

The lady replied, 'I need it to poison my husband.'

The pharmacist's eyes got big and he exclaimed, 'Lord have mercy! I can't give you cyanide to kill your husband. That's against the law! I'll lose my license! They'll throw both of us in jail! All kinds of bad things will happen. Absolutely not! You CANNOT have any cyanide!'

The lady reached into her purse and pulled out a picture of her husband in bed with the pharmacist's wife.

The pharmacist looked at the picture and replied, 'Well now, that's different. You didn't tell me you had a prescription.'

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On that note, everyone have a wonderful and drug filled weekend.

Thanks for the story Julie


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Another idiot medical 'professional'

I have been at work now for.... oh about 63 minutes to be exact. Already I have been dealing with a semi-retard NP.

Faxed off a refill request for a patient that had been on Metformin 750mg BID since the dawn of time. The response I got back?

Metformin 90mg TID

First off, I've never seen a Metformin TID dose. Everything we deal in is BID. Secondly, I've never seen a 90mg dose because they don't fucking make it. Finally the patient had been on 750mg BID dosing for at least seven years. If anything it probably needs to go up.

The sad thing is the NP keeps stating she wants the patient on 90mg TID. Even when I tell her the smallest tablet we can get is 500mg, she still wants 90mg. What. The. Fuck?

Anyone have any idea where the hell she pulled this dose out of?



Edit: I just got a script from another NP for Suprex. Suprex was taken off the market in 2003. Jesus...


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Does anyone take Methadone seriously?

Woman came in at the end of a shift to drop off a Methadone Rx for her mother. Her mother has been a patient of ours for decades, so we knew her quite well. She had been in a nursing home the past three months and had only recently been released. What I recieved the Rx I noticed right away that something was wrong. It was written as:

Methadone 10mg, 1tQID

With our Methadone patients I take a special note as to what they usually get and I immediately recognized that this was an increase. Previously she had been on:

Methadone 5mg, 1tTID

So I ask the patient's daughter if there had been a dose increase. She stated that there wasn't, the doc refilled it with the same directions as before. I decided to give the doc a call to see what was up. And do you know what she told me?

She couldn't remember what she was on so she just guessed.

Fucking guessed. On Methadone.

Never mind the fact it would take literally two minutes to check past records, this doc simply decided to take a shot at what it was previously.

How Methadone is legal in this country I have no idea. It is probably the most dangerous prescription medication on the market. The last few years, docs are handing this shit out like candy. We have several patients that are on 600+ tablets a month (our current record holder gets #900 a month) and have been on those doses for what seems like ever. Half the time they show up shit faced to pick it up. Brilliant idea, no?

I just do not understand the lax standards when it comes to Methadone lately. The pharmacist and I both told the patient that she may want to consider a new doc after what occured.

At least we'll prevent one dumbass Methadone prescription.


Saturday, April 4, 2009

I'm Bored

That really sums up where I've been the last few weeks. School has bored the shit out of me. This is my first semester where I do not have a science course. Four out of five of my classes are all business courses. And I dread going to them each day.

Not to come across cocky, but my business classes are not that hard. I have yet to even be challenged this semester in the slightest area. My finance course is somewhat intriguing, but the math in it is relatively simple and unchallenging.

As a result I've started to become rather lazy in my course work. Not a good thing. I've also become somewhat apathetic to other things and as such I have not had that much to write about. I will say that everyone should own Mario Kart Wii and House of Dead: Overkill. My fiance and I enjoy the hell out of playing those games. She's the only thing that keeps my sanity as of late.

So with one semester remaining what am I going to do about this boredom? I signed up for Genetics. I am such a fucking nerd. But I realized I need a challenging course to keep me on my toes throughout a semester. Kinda the same problem I had in high school.

Perhaps I'll get some inspiration soon to write a tasty little rant. I'm sure someone misses my musings.


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