So I got a call last night from a pharmacist to get a confirmation on a prescription. She couldn't fill a prescription for albuterol, she wanted me to tell her that Ventolin would be fine. Now I get that there are "no generic albuterol inhalers" anymore. But ventolin IS albuterol. Why can't the pharmacist just fill a prescription for albuterol with ventolin?
We always get calls from pharmacists after discharge with questions on hospitalist prescriptions. Usually it requires calling the current hospitalist that's on. Sometimes it's just that they want to make sure the number of days that was prescribed. (How many days left post-hospitalization on an antibiotic, and the patient thinks it should be different than what was prescribed. I can read in the note, something like, "to complete 10 day course" and count the days on the MAR and then the family is happy.) Sometimes it's a worry about an allergy (on a med they've gotten for three four days and it says on their chart that the doctor ok'ed it. But this one was just so odd to me. Just give him an inhaler!!
Last edit by wooh on Apr 7, '12