Yep, as far as I’m concerned, he’s Superman, ready at any moment to rescue this damsel from danger. I went to my Orthopedist today to get some relief from the painful neck spasms I’ve had for the last two weeks. He prescribed the muscle relaxer, Flexeril, which I have taken before, long before I was diagnosed with PD.
We dropped the prescription off on our way home, and DH went back to get it about an hour later. He came home with Methocarbamol, not Flexeril. Sure enough, I would have had a serious drug interaction with Flexeril and my PD meds. My pharmacist called the doctor and they found a muscle relaxant I could take, all before hubby ever got there to pick it up.
I think that makes three times in the last few months that my fantastic pharmacist has caught medicine errors that my doctors have made.
We live in a very small rural town, and we went without a pharmacist for quite a few years. When this one opened up shop, I told him the first time I went in there that he could depend on us to patronize his shop, even though we realized that we could buy cheaper at Wal-Mart or the chain store pharmacies. He’s not open at night, or on Saturdays and Sundays, but I wouldn’t trade him for anything. He more than pays for his higher prices with his service and the fact that we are close enough to walk to his store if we had to. The franchise pharmacies would require an almost hour round trip, which is no fun if you are miserable. Sure, there have been times when we had no choice but to patronize the big boys on the weekend or at night, but we try our best to give our local fellow as much business as we can.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it again. Everyone should keep all their prescriptions medicines on file with one pharmacist, and make sure that pharmacist cares about you, and not just about making money!!