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Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by GATTACA CTAATGT, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. GATTACA CTAATGT

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    I enjoyed reading your responses from my last post. Thanks for your insight. I found some additional scenario questions.

    1. What would you if you caught a pharmacist you worked with for a long time drinking? To whom, would you report it?

    2. What would you do if you suspected that a prescription was forged? To whom, would you report it?

    3. A physician presents you with a prescription he has written for himself. Do you fill it? Why or why not?

    Any input will be appreciated. Thanks again.
     
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  3. TTUMike

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    1. Tell the store manager if the drinking occurred at work. I would assume you don't mean drinking outside of work.
    2. Happens quite often. Tell the pharmacist you think you have a forged prescription and have them call the doctor if they agree.
    3. Again happens often. Only filled if not control substance.
     
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    1) If not on work grounds, I won't say anything unless it's tremendously affecting his/her performance. However, there also has to be respect for people's private lives off work grounds. Not all pharmacists are superheros :).

    2) I would call the doctor whose name has been forged on the script. I would ask about the patient and the request I have received. If it was a case of a forged script, I would immediately notify the police & provide information needed. lol sorry for violating the "no snitching" clause...gotta do my job though.

    3) Yes, the prescription comes from a physician, so it meets a crucial qualification (thanks to the DEA). I don't know if this is true (correct me if I'm wrong), but doctors can prescribe controlled medications to themselves, but the DEA (through documentation) will be all over it & find out if any drug abuse is taking place.
     
  5. TTUMike

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    Most pharmacists would feel uncomfortable doing it. I'm sure they would not turn down a doctor unless for obvious reasons like a continuing prescription of vicodin. In this case the doctor should have someone else prescribing for him.
     
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    If it's at work, then I'd report the drinking but I wouldn't give a hoot if the pharmacist was getting high at home.
     
  7. TTUMike

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    Well said.
     

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