This is the type of phone call (T.S.K!) that makes me pluck my own eyeballs out in frustration and impatience…
Pharmacist: Is this Doctor Cranquis?
Doctor: Yes it is.
Pharmacist: This is Philip Buster, the pharmacist at Walgroans. I have a prescription here for azithromycin that you wrote for Patient X this morning?
Pharmacist: Well I just wanted to double check the dose because it seems a bit high.
Doctor: I’m using this to treat strep throat, so the dosing should be 12 mg/kg/day daily for 5 days.
Pharmacist: Oh… it is?
Doctor: I wrote all that on the prescription, did you see that?
Pharmacist: Uhh… *silence, papers rustling, crickets chirping* OH! Yeah, I see that.
Doctor: Ok good, all set? *starting to hang up phone*
Pharmacist: Oh but but…!
Doctor: *smothering inner sigh, as the rest of this conversation plays out already in my mind* Yes?
Pharmacist: Are you SURE about that dose, doctor?
Pharmacist: Oh. Because, you know, that just seems awfully high, usually the dosage is 10mg/kg/day for the 1st day, and then…
Doctor *interrupting*: “And then 5 mg/kg/day for another 4 days,” yes, that’s if you’re treating ear infections or bronchitis, but this is the recommended dosage for children with strep throat.
Pharmacist: *doubtful* Oh.
Doctor: And I’m SURE of that.
Pharmacist: Hmm. Ok.
Doctor: You haven’t even tried looking that up, have you?
Doctor: Go do that. I have to go. *click*
T.S.K. (tm) “True Story, Kiddos!”
(then I wait 5 minutes, call the pharmacist back, and use an assumed accent to inform him that azithromycin is being recalled nation-wide because it may cause acute pharmacist incompetence)
Pharmacists asking good questions to prevent bad outcomes = terrific.
Pharmacists asking questions that I pre-answered… and then asking the same question again = terrific.