I wish I knew my brand to generic names better. I haven't had to memorize the Top 200 yet, so my knowledge on them is pathetic at best. An example:
A nurse from a walk-in calls my pharmacy to call in a script.
"HiPharmDStudent, I'mcallinginascript," she said hurriedly.
"Ok what's the name and birthdate?" I asked.
"SallyParker, ohsixohseveneightyfour," she rushes, "It'sfor Diflucan, thedoctorisWiess."
"Ok," I say, trying to keep up with her, she almost hangs up the phone. "Whoa, hold on there, is there a strength on that, or an amount, or directions?"
"Uh, well isn't there just one strength?" she finally says at a normal speed, "And I know it's just one pill."
"Uh, no, there's at least 2 strengths, 100mg and 150mg, do you have any idea which one it is?" I ask.
"Um, no, I guess I'll have to talk to the doctor," she responded.
It's at this point that I think this nurse is an idiot for not getting this information in the first place, but if I had known that Diflucan was Fluconazole, this wouldn't have been a problem. I felt like the idiot when I looked up the generic and realized that it was obviously going to be the 150mg and the directions would be "Take 1 tablet by mouth." It's for a yeast infection, and I've filled hundreds of scripts for it. I should've known this, but I never knew the damn brand name.
Of course, the blame most certainly isn't all on me. The doctor is to blame for not writing a full script, or just telling his nurse 150mg. I mean come on, how hard is that? The blame can also partly rest on the nurse, who should've known that I needed more information than just a drug name. Maybe if the nurse hadn't been in such a rush to get back to her US magazine this could have been avoided.
I always take the blame when I've made a mistake, but on this one I think I'm fairly blame-free.