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The Red Prescription Bottle

September 8, 2013 - Joselyn King
A recent stop at the pharmacy to pick up blood pressure medicine was enough to make me see red.

"This prescription is expired," the pharmacist tried to tell me.

But I would believe none of it. It was just renewed last month, and had five refills.

"It must have been some other prescription they renewed," he again tried to convince me.

No, if it weren't renewed last month, it wouldn't have five refills -- that's what my doctor prescribes.

I know how it works -- I've been taking these pills since the day after the November 2000 presidential election amid questions about hanging chads and rather George W. Bush really was elected president. I had gone to the doctor that day to get treatment for a very bad cold.

"You really need to sit down and rest a second," the nurse told me then. "I'll take your blood pressure again."

Now nearly 13 years later, why am I arguing with the pharmacist over what appears to be an incorrect date on the prescription label? Does it have to be that difficult?

To paraphrase one of my favorite M*A*S*H lines, "Having words with a writer is like needling a nurse."

It seems a vicious cycle -- lets anger the patient so they continue to need blood pressure medication. Lets make them sicker so they continually need to depend on health care.

And I also wonder ... (does anyone else?) whether the health care system takes unfair advantage of the specific needs of women -- preying on their fears and physical vulnerabilities? It seems they are directed to more surgeries and testing than men are.

And does anyone question whether they really need that surgery or test?

As more and more medical offices spring up around us -- and Obamacare on the horizon -- should we be more vigilant about what care is being prescribed for us?


Article Comments



Oct-11-13 10:27 PM

A little miscommunication over a prescription refill causes one to see red? Wow, I must manage stress much better than I think, and without high blood pressure. We really need to put things in perspective. I am grateful that my children are healthy, I have food and utilities, and that my left arm still works. Dont sweat the small stuff.


Oct-05-13 7:39 AM

Degreed medical practitioners nowadays obtain minors in business admin so as to get the most buck for their bang.


Sep-18-13 1:45 PM

That's the conclusuion you drew from the pharmacist rejecting your expired pill bottle? I'm sure it has nothing to do with the 83,749 pillheads that come in EVERY DAY and try to score free pills using the same excuses you used. If they fill that bottle after the expired prescription date, they get fired. When did people stop putting themselves in anothers shoes?

Sep-15-13 8:25 AM

let's not lets...

Sep-14-13 12:25 PM

Exercises like Callan Pinckney developed, walking with the Water Warriors or just for fun, change in diet and maybe gardening? Most medications have side effects and you can end up with multiple pills instead of better health? Stressful times require us to face into the storm and fight..." it is by our willingness to channel the stress that we can overcome the real problems and the stress. Here's to your health!


Sep-13-13 11:21 PM

Irish, it doesn't surprise me you don't understand. Sometimes things will just exceed your comprehension level. It's o.k. There are people out there who will help you.

Sep-13-13 11:05 AM

I really don't understand the point of your story. All you have to do is call the dr. and find out the answer. I don't think this whole scenario is a vast conspiracy to make you take blood pressure meds. You should consider taking a writing course.


Sep-12-13 7:17 AM

From the 90s until 2004, my family deductible shot up to $8000 before the health insurer pays a dime. My premium shot up almost 200%.

And now folks want me to believe Obamacares is bad for my health insurance?

Get back to me in 10 years. If my deductible is $16,000 and my premiums rise another 200%, then Ill agree with you.

PS Where were all you folks when our health insurance was turning into a junk policy?


Sep-09-13 8:17 AM

If you're over 60, you won't have to worry about what Obamacare prescribes: it be, "Take two aspirin and good luck."


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