That “book by its cover” thing …

We have had our share of medication errors both in the hospital and from the pharmacy. I always check all of our medications at the pharmacy before signing or paying for them. Even when there is a line, I open every bottle and look at every pill, smell every liquid. I don’t make a big deal about it, nor take a lot of time, but I check it all.

Today I notice a new pharmacist. The clerk hands me three of Pearlsky’s meds and I check them. I opened the bottle of Depakene, smelled it, and asked the clerk …

Are you sure this is the brand and not generic?

The pharmacist overheard my question and turned to me and said …

If it was the generic, it would say “valproic acid.”

That’s all well and good, but I have a t-shirt that says “nice guy.” What’s your point?

The clerk saw the humor, the pharmacist, not so much.

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