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Pharmacists Gone Wild
(Facts altered to disguise cases.)
- A patient relates that her pharmacist told her if the increased dose of her medication failed to produce improvement in her symptoms after 21 days at the higher dose, she should revert back to the original dose.
- A pharmacist faxes me to ask the diagnosis of a patient, even though the patient pays cash for the prescription, and there is not insurance company involvement.
- A pharmacist tells a patient that a drug I frequently prescribe can be very sedating, when in fact most patients complain that it does not sedate them enough.
The first item above appears to clearly involve exceeding the boundaries of a pharmacist's competence and authority. This probably has happened as long as their have been pharmacists, but does the current climate encourage non-physicians to take liberties, possibly to the detriment of patients?