Monday, October 31, 2011

Facebook for dummies

We are having some fantastic luck promoting our pharmacy on facebook using contests.  I am really enjoying brainstorming ideas and my store owner thinking that I am a genius no matter what I come up with.  But obviously by ideas are genius. 

Facebook is an amazing marketing/networking place for small businesses.  Since I took over our page, we have gotten so much more traffic and likes.  My boss says you cant buy that kind of store visablity.  We have stopped our news print ads completely because they dont even compete in getting our name out there.  Our name and our brand is spashed across the walls of everyone in our community. 

Friday, October 28, 2011


Pharmacy and internet go hand and hand.  So Friday night and no internet makes for a long, long evening.  All rxs have to be submitted via dial-up.  (DIAL-UP, really????)  No credit cards.  Our registers couldnt talk to our pharmacy was a nightmare.  Not to even mention being short staffed.... ugh.  TGIF.  Glad I dont work tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Working with shitty people everyday just takes it out of my emotionally.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Love Old Things

I love vintage pharmacy stuff.  Here are a few of my finds:

Midol:  For Headache, Toothach and Neuralgia!  LOL

Prohibition whiskey Scripts

Bayer Heroin?

 Morphine Monoject

Asthma Cigarettes, because that sounds about right...

Pharmacy appropriate behavior

Ok: Waiting for someting to print, then setting it a side if it is not for you.
Not OK: Snatching something out of a coworkers hands.

So a fellow bitch tech was printing some rx's from our queue to fill this morning and then pulling them off the printer to count (no biggie, I didn't want to fill them) but I did print something and when I went to reach for it she grabbed it out of my hand.  After which, she had to eat crow and had it back to me.  By then I was furious.  I couldn't even trust myself to speak so I grabbed my item and walked away before it got ugly.

I know its going to come to a head soon, and she isn't going to like the outcome.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

New Blog

Hey, Everyone.  Smartie Tech here.  My first blog, first post ever.  I decided to start this blog because I read many medical and pharmacy blogs.  I really enjoy the insight and the stories and being able to relate from a personal and professional prospective.

A little back ground on me:  I am a 8+ year pharmacy tech veteran.  I love everything about my job. (Except maybe the people but I am sure we will get to that more later.)  I love the science and continued advancement of pharmacy.  I love and hunger for the knowledge that this field offers.  I love being a part of a team of people that make peoples lives better everyday.  I feel like I have a very dynamic and important role in many peoples lives in the community.

Why, you ask, am I just a tech when I so clearly love and respect this profession?  It is simple and complicated at the same time.  I have a brain tumor.  (Stable.)  That is the simple.  The complicated is several years ago I had a stroke (in my pharmacy) that massively changed and altered my life.  At the time, because I was thinking with a damaged brain I thought I was fine and went back to work immediately.  I literally left the hospital and went to the pharmacy.  Looking back, now I can see how bad it was and how far I have come.  It scares me how much one day, one momet can radically alter the course of my life.  Even now, years later, when I am have a particularly bad migraine...I fear another stroke.  So, moral of the story:  I am scared.  I am scared to ruin my 4.0 college GPA.  I am scared to fail at something I was so perfect for before.  But mostly I am scared of the failure.

So for now, I will stay in my comfort zone and not continue my goal of becoming a pharmacist. 

Now, A little about my job and my pharmacy.

I am a nationally certified pharmacy technician.  I know, that doesnt count for much.  I dont get any added bonuses or respect.  It was a professional accomplishment I got after my stroke for myself.  I work in a independant community pharmacy.  We are staffed by 1 full time and 2 part time pharmacists.  There are 3 of us techs total and we dont get along.  It is not always a plesant work environment.  1 tech mostly counts all day.  1 girl does DME billing and nothing counts.  I am in charge of our LTC (long term care) facilities, outdates, recalls, social media, clozapine registry..basically anything important. 

My pet peeves are:  lazy chatty coworkers, medicaid abusing lazy people and narcotic abusers.  As well as about a billion other thing!