Why are pharmacies higher off the floor?

I could have sworn this was answered before, but my searches turned up nothing. Maybe I’m thinking of Feldman.

So, why are they higher? Is there a good reason, or are pharamacists just pretentious?

I assume you mean the counter, not the actual pharmacy.

To prevent the customers from LUNGING for those good drugs!

In most if not all Eckerds I’ve been in, it’s whole pharmacy area that’s raised, not just the counter.

I would think that the pharmacist:

  1. Has a different floor from the rest of the store
    and
  2. Needs to see the whole store

This was a Feldman question.

Well, I didn’t think he was freakin’ levitating! :slight_smile:

Now we’re onto something. Did Feldman say why? Is it because traditionally the pharmacist used to be the owner of the store, and would want to see what was going on everywhere?

My dad and granddad were both pharmacists and owned their own stores. Both had raised pharmacy areas.

I think there are a couple of reasons for it.

First, before the advent of huge multi-stores that happen to have a pharmacy, the pharmacy was the main point of the store. Elevating it a bit ensured that the customer spotted it right away. (One of my dad’s pet peeves is going into a drugstore where you can’t find the druggist right away, because of all the camera supplies, cards, newspaper racks, and what have you.)

Second, before the era of video cameras and globular mirrors, the raised floor was an anti-shoplifting device. Having the pharamacist raised up gave the pharmacist and assistants a better view of the customers. I know from having worked in the pharmacy that the extra height made it easier to see any funny stuff.

Back in days of old when I was working my way through college at QuikTrip (convenience store), we had some of our stores that were raised behind the counter/register. They were in the ‘bad’ part of Tulsa, OK. We received extra pay for working in those stores… called ‘combat pay’. I was told the raised floor was to give the image that you’re bigger/taller. Of course we were also allowed to keep a bat behind the counter. You know it’s a bad store, when there’s a convex mirror for every aisle in a small convenience store, so you can watch for shoplifters. We’re talking about 3 or 4 aisles here, folks!

It’s an old tradition that has new benefits (like being able to see the entire store area), but basically amounts to psychological one-upsmanship. They’re higher, and therefore have more “power”. You’ll see it other places too; the sales manager’s “tower” at an automobile dealership, the judges bench in a courtroom, etc. Have you ever wondered why the pharmacists were those white smocks? There’s no practical reason for it, just a uniform to signify their medical background.

Gary


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Companion question:

Why do pharmacists have to use a special device just to count out pills? Does the counter really help them count??

So handicapped people can’t buy drugs?

More fun, dance studios are almost always not on the first floor.

II’d imagine the counter is better than hand counting fifty pills when you have a line. Plus, if it keeps any sort of records, it’d be useful for showing inventory and making sure the guy on duty wasn’t palming two of your 25 codine pills.


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