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We ask our readers to send us those eye-straining, baffling prescriptions that they receive for inclusion in this monthly feature. If you would like to contribute to this column, send a clean photocopy of the script along with a note that describes the experience and provides the correct drug information to: Can You Read These Rxs?, Pharmacy Times, 241 Forsgate Drive, Jamesburg, NJ 08831, or fax it to 732-656-9267.
End-of-the-night prescriptions can be very time-consuming when the pharmacy staff cannot read them. There was a problem when Registered Pharmacist Karl R. Deigert of Winn-Dixie Pharmacy in South Dade County, Fla, received this prescription. After the patient indicated that it was to be used for shoulder pain and as a muscle relaxer, Deigert and his colleagues thought they knew what was being prescribed. When they called the physician?s office the next morning, they were surprised to learn that it was for a completely different drug. Do you know what the physician really ordered?
Experience counts when filling prescriptions. More than a decade of seeing prescriptions written by the physician on this script helped Registered Pharmacist Lester Botill of Walgreens Pharmacy in Atwater, Calif, understand the order. Whereas drugs 1 and 2 were easy to understand, Botill had difficulty with the third. Botill called the physician?s office for clarification. Can your experience as a pharmacist help you figure out this prescription?