When I first started reading your post, Newname, I did laugh at the notion of a mom and pop pharmacy/liquor store. I think because it made me think of a place here in town we always laugh at...a combo donut & gun shop. But I think the humor stops there. I totally agree with Snow and NiNi that this pharmacist really should have warned the customer about the dangerous effects of narcotics and alcohol. So it's kind of a scary thought to think there are such irresponsible pharmacists out there, and I, for one, would be very leary of taking my business there. I understand your rationale for believing that it is your doctor's job to inform you about your meds, because you have such good trust established with your own doctor. And you're right...they should. However, I don't think a pharmacist's job is just to "fill" prescriptions. I will give them way more credit than that (well, maybe the vast majority of them). Pharmacists are highly educated in medicine and if they don't know the answer to something about a medication, they know exactly where to look. Working as a nurse for many years, I can assure you that most doctors depend on and highly respect their patients' pharmacists.
I once worked in a hospital with a wonderful husband/wife team of physicians. The wife was also a licensed pharmacist. Her husband, who I thought was a brilliant doctor, never seemed hesitant to ask his wife's advice on a particular medication.
Newname, I think you have posted a very valid and interesting topic for discussion. I think this just drives home the point that, in my opinion, it is essential that it takes ALL members of the medical team to most effectively ensure a patient's safety.
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