I had a student shadowing me today. I had a patient newly started on Baraclude (Entecavir). I have never had a patient NEWLY STARTED on Baraclude. Previously I’d just go- Have you taken this before? Yes? Any problems? No? Good. Continue as directed.
Usually the only problem my patients have is with the PRICE of baraclude. Totally non-pharmacological. Easy to solve.
But today… I had a newly started Baraclude patient, who was very concerned and asked 1001 questions. I was with a student and was a little nervous having every step of my way watched… and my student was taking notes as well! So I had it in my head TO DO VERY WELL.
Which is of course the total opposite of what I did. Completely messed up my usual counselling routine. Completely messed up on what I should have said to the patient. I even printed out the Patient Information Leaflet (mainly to help myself… but of course, the patient would appreciate that, no?) But that didn’t help much because I was all over the place already anyway. So much for being a good example and a role model.
What I ended up teaching my student: It takes time and practice, and more practice to get these things right. New things will keep on cropping up so the reading never ends. And today’s example of dispensing… was an example of what not to do.
She was nice about it. I guess we both learnt a few things today then.
Note to self: If you don’t know it, Look it up. Pretending you’ll never come across it again will never work because it will inevitably come again. You are afterall- a Pharmacist. Do it well.