As a pharmacy intern, Jackie Sassaman, PharmD candidate, of Weis Pharmacy in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, is used to illegible scripts. This prescription tops the list of hard-toread scripts. Instead of spending time trying to figure out what medication was being ordered, Sassaman called the physician?s office for clarification. Are your deciphering skills good enough to identify the medicine being prescribed?
Jon Kepner, PharmD, RPh, of Rite Aid Pharmacy in Cortland, Ohio, was completely stumped when the patient brought this prescription into the pharmacy. Because it was a new medication, the patient could not remember the name. The pharmacist looked up the patient?s profile to see if he could shed any light on this mystery prescription, but had no luck. Kepner called the prescribing physician?s office for help. Do you know what medicine is being prescribed?
Rx 1: Ambien CR 12.5 mg, #30. 1 tablet by mouth at bedtime. 3 refills.
Rx 2: Lantus insulin, #4 pens.
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In the December 2008 issue of Pharmacy Times, the answer for the first prescription in Can You Read These Rxs? (p. 112) should have read ?Pulmicort Respules 0.25 mg, 1 vial 2 times a day, 1-month supply.?