Can You Read These Rxs?

MAY 15, 2009

Cori VanDevender, PharmD, and Carla McKinney, pharmacy technician, of CVS/pharmacy in Red Bay, Alabama, had difficulty trying to figure out this prescription. They were able to decipher the medication being prescribed after the patient said it was for back pain and thought it was for a muscle relaxer. The staff confirmed the prescription with the prescribing physician’s nurse. Do the clues the patient provided help you figure out this prescription?

Registered Pharmacist Katie Suh of Osco Pharmacy #7448 in Vernon, Connecticut, was handed this prescription on a busy Monday morning. Instead of spending time trying to decipher what medication was being ordered, Suh placed a call to the prescribing physician's office for verification. Do you know what the physician told her?

Have eye-straining, baffling prescriptions? Send them to Pharmacy Times. Along with a clean photocopy of the prescription itself, your submission must include: (1) the name of your institution and its location; (2) your name and title (PharmD, RPh, Pharm Tech); (3) the correct name of the drug(s), strength, and dosing requirements; and (4) your telephone number. Please mail your submissions to: Can You Read These Rxs?, Attention: Eileen Koutnik-Fotopoulos, Pharmacy Times, 666 Plainsboro Road, Suite 300, Plainsboro, NJ 08536.


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