Does anyone else have issues with drug reps? I realize that they have a job to do, and I would never attempt it. What I take exception to is when they park themselves in the middle of traffic and refuse to move, even when they can see we are incredibly busy.
We have a designated area for samples and that is where the reps are expected to wait. That rarely happens. Either they're parked in our triage area or in our lab. Some try to grab me as I go by with a patient. Some have been so bold as to tap me on the shoulder WHILE I'M DRAWING BLOOD and ask if I have 'just a minute'.
And then there's the one who finally took the hint and quit coming. She had the gall to tell me that the reason I didn't like her drug, which was a new formulation of a very old medicine, was because I 'didn't have enough under my belt'! She just could not understand that Doc and I had not had one successful trial of said drug. Every complaint a patient made, she blew it off. It took me telling her that I would never write it again to sink in. She insisted on speaking to Doc, and set up camp in our triage for over an hour before she got the hint. We had been telling her we did not like the drug for six months.
Do your clinics have a designated area for reps? Any ideas about how to streamline this situation a bit?
I love my reps, they're great! I know they have a job to do, but I'd like to do mine, too.