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A guy brings in two prescriptions for a 7 month old baby. They’re both for antibiotics. My technician takes in the scripts, and we go about filling them like usual. Then I noticed that the two antibiotics are pretty similar, which means that I could be giving the poor baby a double dose of antibiotics when it wasn’t necessary, so being a good ol’ pharmacist, I asked the guy about them.

Me: Sir, these are two very similar antibiotics…did the doctor give you specific instructions on how to give your son these antibiotics? Are you supposed to give them both at the same time, or are you supposed to finish one and then give him the other?
Mr. Clueless: I don’t know…
Me: Uh..ok, so how did you have two prescriptions to begin with?
Mr. Clueless: Um…one was from last week, and the other one was from when we took him to the doctor 2 days ago
Me: *I check the scripts…sure enough, one is dated from 2 days ago, but unfortunately the other one is missing a written date, so I have no idea when it was actually written* Ooook….so is there a reason that the one from last week wasn’t filled before taking him to the doctor again?
Mr. Clueless: I don’t know, my wife took our son last week and then we went again a few days ago

Clearly this guy doesn’t seem to know what’s going on, so I decide to call the doctor just to double check. Because dammit, when a 7 month old baby is involved, I’m not going to take any chances. I get the doctor on the line, and the following conversation happened:

Me: Hi Dr. Pediatrician, I’m calling from BigPharm Pharmacy, and I just wanted to verify a few prescriptions for patient Baby Clueless.
Dr. Pediatrician: Sure thing, what are the prescriptions for?
Me: Well, one’s for amoxicillin and the other’s for cefdinir…both are pretty similar to each other, so I just wanted to double check to see if you wanted Baby Clueless to take them both concurrently, or if you wanted him to have one, and then start the other.
Dr. Pediatrician: …wait, I signed for both of those?
Me: Yup, both have your signature and your name printed on them.
Dr. Pediatrician: …I wrote both of those??

Even the doctor was perplexed as to why she’d write two scripts of similar antibiotics. I explained further…

Me: Well, Mr. Clueless brought in the scripts, and he says one was written last week, and the other was written 2 days ago. I see the cefdinir was written two days ago, but script for amoxicillin didn’t have a date written on it, and I don’t know why it wasn’t filled to begin with…

And that’s when I could practically FEEL the “Are you f*ckin’ kidding me” moment:

Dr. Pediatrician: OHHH…(in a sarcastic tone) uh, maybe THAT’S why the baby didn’t get better. That’s kiiind of a small detail they left out when they brought the baby in again this week. They never filled the amoxicillin?
Me: Nope.
Dr. Pediatrician: Maybe if they had just given the baby the medicine that I wrote for last week, they wouldn’t have had to bring in the baby AGAIN this week complaining that he didn’t get better, huh?
Me: Yuuuup…looks like it.
Dr. Pediatrician: Ugh…yeah, just cancel the amoxicillin. We’ll stick with the cefdinir.
Me: Will do, thanks Dr. Pediatrician!

Mr. and Mrs. Clueless let their baby go on with an infection for over a week with NO treatment, even though they had a perfectly good prescription to use for it. And when the baby didn’t magically get better, they decided to take the kid to the doctor AGAIN, instead of just filling the freakin’ prescription. Modern medicine may be able to cure infections, but it clearly doesn’t cure a lack of parenting skills.

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