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How does your pharmacy organize drugs on the shelf?

Discussion in 'Pharmacy' started by jaberwocky, Oct 9, 2006.

  1. jaberwocky


    Oct 9, 2006
    Which retail pharmacy chain do you work for?

    Are the drugs organized alphabetically (A-Z) or by brand name (generics next to the corresponding brand name)?
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  3. JMH5145

    JMH5145 Member 2+ Year Member

    May 15, 2006
    I work at CVS. We used to be brand-generic, but we we had to switch the entire inventory to alphabetical early this year.

    I knew my brand-generics a whole lot better when the pharmacy was arranged brand-generic. Evidently, it's easier for new hires to find their way around (but they're not learning any brand-generic names in the meantime). It's bad when a tech has worked in the pharmacy for 6 months and doesn't know that Hydrocodone APAP is Lortab or Vicodin.
  4. patmcd

    patmcd Senior Member Pharmacist 7+ Year Member

    Jan 24, 2006
    Southern US
    I work at walgreens and we do it by 3 alphabetical sections. We have a section above the filling counter for the most common rxs (about 30), then a shelf with the next most common rxs (100ish) then shelfs with the rest.
  5. hilwithonelary


    Sep 14, 2006
    I recently worked for Wal-Mart, and we arranged alphabetically. Even though I'm familiar with brand names and their corresponding generics, I liked that method. Hopefully techs will learn brand/generics when they're typing labels.

    When I worked at a hospital, it was so confusing. Everything was arranged alphabetically by generic name, even stuff that was brand name only. Not to mention the fact that there was a "hot section" with supposedly commonly used drugs, which would have been great if not for the fact that the drugs in the "hot section" must have been chosen 15 years ago because I never used any of them. Oh, and by the way, some little vials were mixed in with the tablets and capsules, but some were the counter, and some were on a shelf on the other side of the pharmacy. There were some syrups on the counter, some underneath the counter, and some hiding on a shelf in the back. Then there was the "eye section," the "ear section," the "OB section," and the "derm section." On top of all that, there were three huge refrigerators, but they were not arranged in any type of logical fashion, so you just had to memorize where everything was.
  6. dgroulx

    dgroulx Night Pharmacist 10+ Year Member

    I did a rotation at a hospital that was alphabetical by brand name. There are some drugs, like atenolol, that have been brand for so long I had to look them up in a brand/generic book to find them. Also, some generics had multiple brand names. You had to learn which brand name they kept it under. Confusing for the first week.
  7. slimcutt

    slimcutt 10+ Year Member

    Apr 7, 2006
    The Rite Aid I intern at is organized by brand name. It really helps you to learn brand/generic names.
  8. linyliny88

    linyliny88 Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 3, 2005
    I am at Osco right now, they are arranged in brand-generic.:)
  9. ZpackSux

    ZpackSux Retired Banned

    Feb 25, 2005
    Dallas, TX
    I don't care how it's organize as long as my staff can find it. But it really should be organized generically... so no one has to look for HCTZ under Oretic and Prednisone under Deltasone.
  10. bananaface

    bananaface Pharmacy Supernerd Pharmacist Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Apr 24, 2004
    gone to seed
    Alot of drugs have so many friggin brand names it'd be impossible. You might file HCTZ under Oretic, I might place it under Hydrodiuril, and some other person might like Microzide better.
  11. GatorRxGirl

    GatorRxGirl 5+ Year Member

    Sep 23, 2005
    Somewhere on the beach.
    At the hospital everything was generic, even the brand only drugs (Levaquin was under levofloxacin, etc). It really helped me to learn the drugs this way. We had no "weird" sections but the non-formulary section which was always a mess.

    At Walgreens, everything was alphabetical (except the fast rack and the Parata). So brand Allegra was under A and it's generic was under F. It was easy for newbies to find their way around.
  12. dgroulx

    dgroulx Night Pharmacist 10+ Year Member

    That's what made it so difficult. I didn't know where to look until after working there for a week.
  13. cycloketocaine

    cycloketocaine 7+ Year Member

    Aug 7, 2006
    The Boonies
    Well, all of our drugs are in alphabetical order, except for some, because somebody that I work with has a different alphabet than everybody else.
  14. ZpackSux

    ZpackSux Retired Banned

    Feb 25, 2005
    Dallas, TX
    y'all finally using alphabet in Oklahoma?
  15. DownonthePharm

    DownonthePharm Chillin' n Fillin' 7+ Year Member

    Dec 23, 2004
    Those cuneiform tablets got too heavy....

    Oh wait, you didnt mean using THE alphabet did you. :)
  16. ZpackSux

    ZpackSux Retired Banned

    Feb 25, 2005
    Dallas, TX it hasn't made it yet.. look out for it. It's coming!

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