Recently, we shared a story of Frank Sita’s confrontation with a pharmacist over his diabetes supplies:
“Why do you need that many boxes? Are you going away or something?”
My pharmacist grabbed a pen and paper and began writing down the number of test strip boxes that I had taken to the counter to purchase. She told me that she would have to go and check if it was okay for me to take that many. I was at a loss for words. I felt so guilty and ashamed.
Several other Insulin Nation readers shared their own stories of pharmacist/doctor interference on our Facebook page. Here are some of their comments*:
Yes, I had a pharmacist not fill the prescription for my daughter’s needles because he “didn’t know what I did with them.” I told them I used them to give my daughter insulin every time she ate more than five carbs. He said my daughter was on a pump, and asked again what I used them for. My daughter wasn’t on a pump – it was horrible.
-Amanda Smith Paxton
I’ve had my doctor get all up in my face. I told him I didn’t appreciate his attitude, started to put my socks and shoes back on, and told him he was about 30 seconds from being fired. He calmed down.
My pharmacist refused to give me Lily-brand insulin, because he said the county was paying for it; he gave me generic insulin instead. My doctor wanted me on Lily because the generic didn’t work for me. I finally had to switch pharmacies.
I called Walgreen’s to refill my son’s strips; we use 300 a month, and the tech made a comment like “300?! Wow that seems like a lot!” Yes, it is a lot, and we are blessed to be able to get that many, but it’s really none of your damn business.
-Gabriella Burkhardt Hill
Most of my pharmacists are amazing, but I actually reported one who took me to the herbal section and informed me of all the ones that could massively reduce or eliminate my insulin usage. I was also told the reason I had Type 1 diabetes was because my mother ate too many carbs while I was in her womb!
-Megan Shaw Wilson
*Comments may be slightly edited for clarity.
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