The other pharmacist believed it did not matter if the packs were placed that way, or if they were upside down. The packs have words and numbers on them with directions that would automatically result in the patient orienting the pack in the correct manner to be taken.
We were both wrong.
The first pharmacist was correct if, and only if, the woman opening the pack was right-handed. It took a lefty to prove this flaw.
The second pharmacist was wrong because of this phone call:
Birth Control Backwards Girl: I have a problem.
BCBG: I took my birth control upside down.
CP: Like on your head?
BCBG: No. I took the whole first week from the bottom of the pack.
CP: Ok. How?
BCBG: I don't know. I just popped the tablets out and didn't look at the pack to see which was week one until today.
CP: No worries. In this case you got lucky. Fortunately all 28 tablets are exactly the same. Next time, open them in the light. Go to the light, Carol Ann!
BCBG: Okay, thanks. I was worried I'd mess up my body or something.
CP: You should work on your mind a little too.
CP: Nothing. Live long and prosper.
Pack orientation for lefties.
Pack orientation for righties.