Monday, September 21, 2009

Why Do Prescriptions Take SOOOO Long to Fill?

You are not feeling well. You take off from work, go to the Doctor's and they give you a prescription.

"Can you call this in for me so it will be ready when I get there?" you ask in your "I'm-not-feeling-well" voice.
"No, I'm sorry, we don't do that."

You shuffle off to your car. Drive with eyes half opened to your local pharmacy and when you get the prescription window, they take your little piece of paper and ask you, "Are you waiting in the store?"

"Why, yes... I don't feel well and really need this."

"It'll be about 30 minutes."

THAT'S WHEN I BEGIN MY SLOW BURN. I can get a fresh-baked Pizza... delivered... in less than that time!

Why 30 minutes? Why can't they go to the shelf, count out my 20 pills, put them in the bottle, print out a label and send me on my way. Five minutes, tops! If I get into the store when they first open can they do this?

(No, I've gotten into a pharmacy when they first open... still 30 minutes. Why? Who's before me... YOU JUST OPENED?!?!)

The worst is when you come back to pick up your script (that's cool short-hand speak) and it is still in the manufacturer's original box with your label slapped onto it. THAT TOOK HALF AN HOUR?

The day someone opens a Pharmacy that can fill a prescription truly while you wait... at the counter... 5 minutes... they will make a mint!


  1. Larry dear,
    You are wasting your talent on a blog. Write more stuff that publishable.
    Love, Mom

  2. I really hate when I'm inside the store and they have to take a drive-thru person every other person. I'm standing right there and some jerk in a truck gets serviced first. Rude.

  3. Lucky me. My Doc always faxes in prescriptions for me to my local Target store and they're ready when I get there.

    Larry, Listen to your mother.

  4. What I hate is calling in a refill, and they ask you to enter a phone number where you can be reached, but when you go to pick it up, there's been a problem, and they didn't bother to call? So why even ask for the number?!