Doctors are dumb.
The only problem is they don't know it.
The problem with doctors, and the ever-growing number of others with prescriptive authority who aren't pharmacists is they think they know everything about everything. This includes how a pharmacy works and everything about medications.
Never mind they tell patients how my pharmacy operates when most of them have never spoken with a pharmacist let alone stepped foot inside one.
A new twist on the all-knowing prescriber overstepping his knowledge:
CP: How may I help you?
Patient of Silly Doctor: I need this filled.
CP: Fabulous. We are in the script-filling business after all.
POSD: Can I get that in brand?
CP: Most definitely. However, I must warn you that the cost could be exorbitant if your insurance chooses to be quite the prick.
POSD: I have to have it though.
CP: May I ask why the brand is so important with this particular medication? (No, it is not a NTI drug and it is a new prescription for this patient.)
POSD: "My doctor told me to get the brand because the generic will give me side effects." (Yep, actual quote.)
CP: Ok. I'll let that one go for a minute but she actually needs to tell me that since, you know, I am the one actually filling it. A DAW from a doctor could mean the difference between a small copay and the debt of Detroit.
POSD: Okay, I'll speak with her. Why would she say that?
CP: No clue. It's like someone telling me Motrin works better than Advil. If you've never tried this, how can you know the generic will cause side effects? It is a rather asinine comment and I will add the doctor to my Do-Not-See-If-My-Life-Depended-On-It List.