A pharmacist recently recommended that I purchase a homeopathic cold remedy for my 4 month old baby.

I'm not getting uppity, I'm getting defensive. I'm getting defensive because you just attacked the value, merits, and knowledge base of an entire profession that I just so happen to be apart of. In fact, I'm curious as to where you get off accusing me of having a superiority complex when it was you who directly stated your superiority to a pharmacist! That's some Jedi Mind Trick level mental gymnastics right there.

Of course, but when mistakes are made, people come for the doctor, not the pharmacist or the janitor.

Incorrect. The pharmacist is only not at fault if they inform both the doctor and the patient of their concern, and take note of it in a dated record. We are liable if we don't do that. You are absolutely correct that prescribers bear more responsibility, but pharmacists absolutely still do have a "responsibility to inform" (as has been proven by court precedence). Actually, recently a legal pharmacy publication pointed out that in certain situations a pharmacist may actually be considered "the knowledgable individual" and therefor more liable than the doctor. This would of course be a difficult case to prove, but entirely possible. The fact is people go after the doctor because they don't know the pharmacist's role. This is starting to change, and pharmacist insurance (which use to be non-existant) is starting to become something more and more pharmacists are considering.

So yes, pharmacists shift responsibility to doctors. That's because a doctor is the manager of a patients care. That doesn't make them better or smarter than any other person on their healthcare team, and it doesn't make them any less human in their ability to make mistakes.

Lol bullshit, and even if true, if you mean purely how "busy" someone is, well the waitress serving ten tables at lunch is busier than either of us, but she relies on tips for pay and you get $40/hr and I get $100/hr. I wonder why that is.

Um, yes she is? Which is why you wouldn't relegate more work to said person if you had the time to fix it. You basically said you could do my job, but you don't really have the time. Honestly, I don't think you have the pharmacology background to do it. It's possible you have it now, and it's likely you would pick it up pretty quickly, but right now I doubt you could do it.

Plus, lets thing about your logic. You want to relegate a difficult and important task to someone who you think is less knowledgable... because you're busy? When does that ever happen?

Now that I think about it, you're right. A computer can check for DDI, and a tech can count by 5s. Why do we even need pharmacists?

Because apparently you can't be bothered to actually read what the computer is telling you it would seem. Also because there are a massive amount of laws that most prescribers don't seem to realize exist... like the DEA (in the US). Also, because many prescribers don't actually know how to properly prescribe the drugs they are writing for (as can be seen by studies on prescription interventions). Also, aren't people saying the same thing about doctors what with things like Watson? I mean, the nurse can do the physical and computers can diagnose based on the input right? So unless your a surgeon you just made a case for your own irrelevance.

But, I'm pretty sure you're just trolling at this point, because I'm betting you know very well why pharmacist exist if you actually prescribe on a regular basis. Regardless enjoy being superior I guess. And I definitely went to top ranked pharmacy school because I was too dumb to get into even the word med school. And Pharmacist site around all day counting by 5. Did you actually become a doctor just to feel superior to other people? I mean, no feelings of community service or giving back? Because if you did it for the money Wallstreet was a better bet. They get paid more and people expect them to act like dicks.

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