Can You Read These Rxs?

Published Online: Friday, July 17, 2009

A patient’s friend dropped off this prescription at Walgreens Pharmacy in Parma, Ohio. Upon entering the information into the computer, pharmacist Peik Ching Low quickly discovered that the prescribing physician’s handwriting was not decipherable. The pharmacist asked the patient’s friend if she knew the medication being prescribed. The friend only knew the drug was for a steroid, so she left the pharmacy returning a short time later with the discharge sheets from the hospital. The paperwork provided enough information for the pharmacist to fill the prescription. Can you decipher this prescription without the hospital discharge papers?


Norman Goldstein, PharmD, and pharmacy technician Mary Irwin of Marina Outpatient Pharmacy in Marina Del Rey, California, had difficulty determining the medications being ordered. Although they had an idea about the medication in the first prescription, they were not as confident about the second prescription. Goldstein called the doctor’s office for clarification. Can you figure out both medicines being prescribed?


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