Washington, DC

Female, 32

I've worked as a pharmacist in multiple settings, including retail (think Walgreens), a hospital, a nursing home, an outpatient clinic, and a regulatory agency. Over the past decade, I've counted more pills than Pfizer, Merck, and Lindsay Lohan combined. Ask me anything!

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34 Questions


Last Answer on December 30, 2012

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Do pharmacies have a lot of employee theft of pills and medications?

Asked by SNJ over 6 years ago

I have not witness it myself, but I don't doubt it happens.

Is there any real difference between branded medications vs generics? Besides the price, of course.

Asked by Whynot over 6 years ago

I'm going to defer to the FDA on this one...

Are online pharmacies that ship from Canada or overseas a scam?

Asked by eric over 6 years ago

You are certainly vulnerable to all sort of shenanigans when you purchase prescription medications from an overseas source. It is VERY difficult for U.S. regulatory agencies to track the entire world wide web, and all the make-shift companies that are out there selling god-knows-what. You are at risk of getting placebos or sugar pills that contain no active ingredients, or pills that are tainted with toxins.

My doctor once forgot to date a prescription, and the pharmacist not only refused to fill it, but CONFISCATED it from me! Is that standard protocol, and if so, WHY?

Asked by Simon over 6 years ago

I don't believe it's "standard protocol" to confiscate a prescription without a date on it. Although, if it was a controlled substance (think Vicodin, Percocet, etc.), I would have INSISTED on calling your doctor for you to rectify this mistake. You may have encountered a pharmacist who wouldn't take no for an answer!

How long are your shifts and are you on your feet the whole time?

Asked by jasmine over 6 years ago

Shifts may change from setting to setting, but they're usually at least 8-hour days. In retail, being on your feet all day is an occupational hazard.

What separates a good pharmacist from a bad one? Like...beyond making sure that the prescriptions are filled correctly, what kind of feedback or results tell you that you're doing your job well?

Asked by annesmith over 6 years ago

Specifically for retail pharmacists, such as the ones you see in your local pharmacies, filling prescriptions correctly is their number one priority. They should also be available and be able to tell you about the medications they're filling for you, and answer your questions about prescription and over-the-counter medications.

What can I do if the pharmacy gave me expired SPRIX® (ketorolac tromethamine)?

Asked by Lori about 5 years ago