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Monday, October 14, 2013

What is thy bidding, my Master?

In response to this letter...

Please take this note to your doctor...
Dear Prescriber,
First, if you want me to call you and do your job, you had better expect a bill in the mail. Each letter I receive will result in a charge to you of $75.00 plus whatever amount you receive from the patient's insurance. If you know a product will not be covered, then prescribe an alternative. Write on the prescription Besivance OR..."first alternative". Do the same for the Lotemax Gel. Give me an either/or option here. You are either lazy, incompetent, or both. It is not the pharmacist's job to call the insurance for alternatives. The patient gave you his insurance card. Use it. Before Besivance and Lotemax came around, what did you formerly prescribe? Go with that.

Second, restricting the hours I can reach you is absurd. In the real world, patients come to pharmacies after 6pm and on weekends. If you want me to reach you, give me your cell phone and home address. You can bet that when the patient comes to my pharmacy at 7:45pm on a Friday night and has surgery scheduled for 8am Monday and needs his prescription right now even though you wrote it 3 months ago, he is going to blame me. In order to appease him, I will personally drive him to your house so you can experience the full fury of the pharmacy patient. If you choose to put the onus on me, you'd better expect to be held accountable and play by my rules. I will not roll over and let you dictate how I will run my pharmacy.

Finally, grammar. It's "Fridays", plural, not "Friday's" possessive. If you're going to try to communicate with another professional, the least you could do is appear intelligent. Failing to do that furthers the opinion that you don't have to be smart to be a doctor...

I am not your Bitch

1 comment:

  1. What a complete Neanderthal. I would be tempted to hand it back to the patient and say "You need to see another doctor."