So yesterday I got my very first prescription since going gluten free. Luckily I was pretty sure the appointment at the doctor was going to end in drugs, so I had done my research (http://www.glutenfreedrugs.com/), and knew what my gluten free options were. I got my doctor to select a choice from the approved list, instead of the big-name popular drug that probably gives lots of goodies to the doc but won’t guarantee there is no gluten in their manufacturing facility.
So far, so good.
I went to the pharmacy, a big-name chain. I didn’t particularly want to go there, but that’s where my insurance gives discounts, and hey, it’s the same drug whether I pay $10 or $100 a month. So off to the chain I went.
The pharmacy tech asked me if I wanted the generic instead of the name brand prescribed. Normally my answer is a whole-hearted “YES!”, but I actually was unaware of what the generic was for this particular drug, so I asked, “Can you tell me if it’s gluten free?”
Picture a deer in your headlights, and you’ll know how the tech looked at that moment.
The tech then asked the pharmacist, who said, I swear, “How should I know?”
Excuse me? Isn’t that your job? Didn’t you go to school for this? Don’t you have, I don’t know, books or something?
Can’t you call the (expletive) manufacturer?
Actually, I did ask if they could call the manufacturer (minus the expletive), and got a “You’ve got to be kidding, lady” look. At this point, I was tired and crabby from a long day of work, followed by a long, less than enjoyable wait in a doctor’s waiting room, and I just wanted to get my drugs and leave.
So I said, “I’ll just take the name brand, thank you.”
At least I knew my drugs were gluten free. And if I continue with this drug, I will research the generic before getting my maintenance prescription.
So I have some questions for you, cyberworld: Has this ever happened to you? How did you handle it? Any tips?