Hi NAP, I think we have all met a pharmacist that likes to through their opinion into the mix. There isn't a profession that you find a jerk filling a position. THe ultimate result is that you know this person never called your insurance, simply gave you his BS opinion , and everyone has oan opinion. Some just feel it's their duty to share with others. I would report the guys actions and behavior to the pharmacy district manager, not the stoore manager. Not that disciplinary action would be taken, but if enough people bother to complain, perhaps some dsay Karma will come back to bite his backside.
I thought you were going to say the prescription was written for 1 0r 2 tablets every 6 hours. Something like that is up to the pharmacist interpretation when he enters the number of days supply, but if the script is written for 2 pills QID or every 6 hours, That's how it should be written on your script and the way the day supply should be calculated. We all have some pretty amazing stories about the jerks we have run across, we can add your to that list.
Find a new pharamcy, inform your doc that you have changed pharmacies and why. All you can really do is try to avoid this guy that can't help but share his opinion on a patients need for the med they take. He's not a doc, doesn't know your history or prognosis or treatment plan other than what's written on a script. It's a huge leap to decide you don't need what the doc prescribed. I've seen worse treatment and much better at the pharmacy. Everyone has an opinion whether it's another doc that doesn't agree with a treatment plan or family member that knows nothing about the meds or what your going through. All they know is your taking pills and that can't be good.
. IThe only way to avoid all other opinions is to be a hermit.
You do grow a little thicker skin when dealing with pain and surgery and eventually you will feel comfortable exchanging opinions with someone that's so far out of line. The pharmacist had no problem lying and telling you what he thought, feel free to tell the truth and exprress your opinion to him, it's much more satisfying.
However, when it comes down to the law, a pharmacist doesn't have to fill a script for a medication he isn't comfortable filling. He could have held your script over the weekend untill he could confirm any info with your doc, that he decided didn't sit right or was suspect in his mind. It's actually his duty to check with a doc if anything doesn't seem right. All he had to say was something looks tampered with, quantity, prescribing info, etc and he wants to confirm it with the doc before filling. In that sense Pharmacists do have a lot of power, but we don't have to give them the power to effect the way we feel about our med use or treatment plan based on their narrow opinion. Find a new pharmacist before you have surgery, you don't need the BS when you're 5 days post op and he thinks percocet is too much for wrist/hand surgery if he ses your hand is wrapped.
Good luck with surgery and you don't have to feel bad that you only take ultram for your pain or that it doesn't compare to someone that takes morphine. It's great you found a combo that works, your problem is obviously severe enough to require surgery. Perhaps you have a very high threshold to pain or those meds simply work very well for you. It's actually good to see someone that found something other than opiates. Some people believe that because something stronger is available and may work better, why shouldn't it be used. That's the extreme take on pain patients rights.
What someone is taking isn't a gage of their degree of pain. How far they go to relieve it, is a better gage. Surgery is a decsion some won't make as long as there is a pain med strong enough to avoid the knife. It's just a matter of opinion as to what the best course of action is for each person. But that's just my opinion.
Take care, Dave