Published Online: Thursday, July 1, 2004

Rx 1: A patient's parent dropped off this prescription on a weekend to Registered Pharmacist Patricia Jaramillo, of CVS Pharmacy in Buffalo, NY. At first glance, the pharmacy staff did not know what medication was being prescribed. After consultation with the patient's parent, physician, and medication profile, the correct medication and instructions were clarified. The pharmacy staff also discovered that the patient had been on exactly the same antibiotic medication in the past. Do you know what antibiotic was prescribed?

Rx 2: Registered Pharmacist Artie Schmitt, of CVS Pharmacy in Son Lakes, Ariz, has a pretty good track record for deciphering illegible handwriting. This prescription, however, had Schmitt at a loss. The patient's husband dropped off this prescription at the pharmacy. He could not provide Schmitt with any information about this prescription. Schmitt called the prescribing physician's office for confirmation. Can you decipher this prescription?

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.

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Rx 1: Zithromax Oral Suspension 200 mg/5 mL, 30 mL-bottle, 1 teaspoonful bid for 1 day, then 1 teaspoonful daily for 4 days, 1 refill

Rx 2: Estrace Vaginal Cream, apply vaginally at bedtime 3 times a week during the first week and then apply 2 times a week, 1 tube

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