So we're getting more OTC proton-pump inhibitors on the shelves, and I know people will be confronting me with boxes of Prilosec OTC, Prevacid 24HR and now Zegerid OTC, and asking "Which one is better?" I don't blame them for asking, but I don't look forward to giving my usual mealy-mouthed answer which is, "There's probably no real difference." Then they kind of look at you like... yeahh.....rightttt..........thanks a lot........
By the way, Zegerid OTC (which is Prilosec + sodium bicarbonate) says it contains a "special ingredient" (that's the sodium bicarb, the medical term is "baking soda") that "protects the powerful medicine from acid in your stomach so it can be quickly absorbed." However, there's a little asterisk after that last line: *Speed of absorption does not imply onset of symptom relief." Whaaaa??? I guess the selling point is not really.... a selling point after all.
What the hell, maybe that bicarb will help your heartburn.
I got totally bogged down in a Sudafed transaction last week. Scan the driver's license.... won't scan for some reason...call someone over to help me.... fill out logbook, get signatures, etc. etc. and babysit customer while you walk them through all this. I've concluded that since there's no central database that pharmacies share anyway, our lawmakers should have just done the following:
1. Sudafed products go behind the counter.
2. You can buy ONE package of any available size. No screwing around with logbooks.
3. If you want more, get a prescription.
And if you come back too many times, we'll recognize you. This would accomplish pretty much the same thing as the system does now, while giving me a few precious minutes back.
Someone handed me a prescription for Robitussin 200mg/5mL syrup. Every Robitussin product (brand or generic) I could locate is 100mg/5mL. There used to be an "Extra Strength Robitussin" but I could find no evidence it still exists. This was a computer-generated prescription. Could we puh-leeze purge that system of products that no longer exist? Again, the customer looked at me a little strangely.....
I know what I'm doing back here, honest.