Can You Read These Rxs?

Published Online: Saturday, August 15, 2009

Brecka Hamlin, CPhT, of Ebenezer Medical Outreach Inc in Huntington, West Virginia, was baffled by this prescription. Instead of spending a lot of time trying to figure out what the physician prescribed, she called the doctor’s office for clarification. The nurse at the office was not surprised to get a phone call about the physician’s prescriptions. Apparently, it happens quite often. Can you determine the drug being ordered?


Shibani Shah, PharmD, of CVS/pharmacy in Elgin, Illinois, was pretty confident she knew what the doctor was prescribing with this prescription. Before filling the prescription, the pharmacist checked with the patient to make sure she was correct. The patient, who had taken the medication before, confirmed the medication being prescribed. What steps would you take to fill this prescription?


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