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Pharmacist's Intuition Saves Customer's Life
NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, May 9, 2014 | Matt Rascon

Posted on 05/10/2014 4:58:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway

The supermarket pharmacist grew concerned when a customer hadn't picked up his prescription

Pharmacy employee John Robertson is being hailed as a hero after saving a customer's life. When a customer failed to pick up his prescription, Robertson got worried and, with the help of deputies, went to check on the man at his home. Turns out, the man was injured and had been lying on his bathroom floor for up to two days. NBC 7's Matt Rascon reports.

A Ramona senior citizen who spent up to two days on his bathroom floor is alive thanks to one astute pharmacist.

Just two days after meeting a new customer at the Ramona Albertsons, pharmacist John Robertson became worried when the man never picked up his prescription.

So Robertson decided to go the man’s house and check on him.

“He didn't come to the door, so I got really nervous for him thinking something may have happened,” Robertson said.

Top 10 Words People Tweet About Their Moms With the help of San Diego County sheriff's deputies, Robertson found the man lying on his bathroom floor, where he had been for up to two days.

“It worked out, I guess a bit of intuition and a bit of worrying about my friend,” Robertson said.

“I was glad that we were able to help him out.”

On Thursday, Robertson was honored with the “Real Hometown Hero” award.

“I think it's unnecessary, and I'm pretty embarrassed about it,” Robertson said.

But the director of the Ramona Senior Center disagrees.

“To have someone else backing us up checking on our seniors, it's a great thing,” Ray Cordona said.

Robertson admits it’s not in his job description to make house calls.

“That's not standard protocol, I know. But sometimes, you just have a deep-seeded feeling inside of you that something's not right,” he said.

“I guess you can call it intuition or God was telling me, ‘you need to check on this guy.’ Everything's o.k.”

The senior citizen remains in the hospital. There is no word yet when he will be released.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: goodguy; goodsamaritan; pharmacist
I bet it wasn't the pharmacist, it was the boy who was his assistant named George Bailey.
1 posted on 05/10/2014 4:58:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Whomever it was did a real service for his neighbor.


2 posted on 05/10/2014 5:00:37 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: nickcarraway

This couldn’t be totally rare could it?

There must be plenty of medicines that are like picking up a bottle of Oxygen, the kind of thing that would make a pharmacist wonder pretty quickly why it suddenly wasn’t needed.


3 posted on 05/10/2014 5:03:34 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: nickcarraway

My thought exactly, lol!


4 posted on 05/10/2014 5:04:15 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS; ansel12

Under ACA, many people will only be able to see their pharmacist.


5 posted on 05/10/2014 5:06:49 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Pharmacy employee John Robertson is being hailed as a hero...

A hero? Really?


6 posted on 05/10/2014 5:08:05 PM PDT by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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To: ansel12

I think it’s a pretty heads up play. Good job pharmacy guy.


7 posted on 05/10/2014 5:10:04 PM PDT by slouper (LWRC SPR 223)
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To: raybbr

the man was a decent human being with enough curiosity and concern to take the next steps.


8 posted on 05/10/2014 5:11:19 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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9 posted on 05/10/2014 5:16:39 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: nickcarraway
Sometimes, it's the assistant...


10 posted on 05/10/2014 5:21:08 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: slouper

I agree it’s good news, but it must happen occasionally.


11 posted on 05/10/2014 5:21:42 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: nickcarraway

For years, before I finally started using the VA, I depended on Pharmacists for medical advice and solutions, and when traveling, sometimes still do if it is an emergency.

They will even recommend over the counter combinations, if needed.


12 posted on 05/10/2014 5:25:54 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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Another reason to #1 pick a good pharmacy and stick with it. #2 Be EXTREMELY NICE to the employees.

It’s amazing the way people treat service employees. As if their absurdly rude behavior will get them better service?


13 posted on 05/10/2014 5:30:47 PM PDT by Tailback
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To: ansel12

Pharmacists know more about medications than most doctors. pharmacists are now required to have a doctorate degree, anyway.


14 posted on 05/10/2014 6:03:46 PM PDT by Reddy (bo stinks)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

In this day and age he’ll probably be fired for interfering in the person’s private life. Hero he may be, but not in the PC world we live in today.


15 posted on 05/10/2014 9:02:03 PM PDT by Doc91678 (Doc91678)
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To: Tailback

It was my job to call in prescriptions. The chain stores are so incredibility overwhelmed they can’t possibly keep up with all of their customers. This was in a small town too. So I prefer to use small independent pharmacies. I have to pay in full for my meds, but I don’t require much. Totally worth it to me. I have a friend who’s father ran a small independent pharmacy. He knew all his customers, especially the elderly ones. Knew what insulin all his diabetic customers took, knew when they might be running low. My friend worked after school delivering to his customers. You don’t hear too much about home delivery anymore.


16 posted on 05/10/2014 9:20:35 PM PDT by gracie1 (Look, just because you have to tolerate something doesnÂ’t mean you have to approve of it.)
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To: nickcarraway

Thank you for posting - as a pharmacy student studying for finals, I needed this.


17 posted on 05/10/2014 10:28:31 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Way to go! Good luck!


18 posted on 05/10/2014 10:29:58 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Thanks again!


19 posted on 05/10/2014 10:33:36 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Slings! Really? So doing kitty pings is just a part time job for you?

:->

Well, kitties do help keep things in proper perspective. I hope all goes well on the finals.


20 posted on 05/11/2014 6:13:16 PM PDT by cyn (Benghazi)
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To: cyn

Thanks!

(I guarantee you that no-one’s paying me for the kitty pings. ;^))


21 posted on 05/11/2014 8:15:00 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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