July 2003: Rx Image #1

Author: Richard K. Schwartz and Zarmeen Khan of Brite Pharmacy

Many times pharmacists receive prescriptions that look as if they are written in a foreign language. That is what pharmacists Richard K. Schwartz and Zarmeen Khan of Brite Pharmacy in Jackson Heights, NY, thought when they encountered this poorly written Rx.They were momentarily dumbfounded about what the physician was prescribing. Although they had a strong hunch, they placed a call to the physician, and their guess became clear. Can you translate this prescription?

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Claritin 10 mg, #60, 1 tablet po qd prn