Can You Read These Rxs?

Published Online: Monday, December 13, 2010

Rx 1
This illegible script was presented to a dumbfounded Ziad Karnaby, PharmD, of Super Pharmacy Unica in Jackson Heights, New York. He had no idea what was being prescribed until he called the physician’s office for verification. After clearing things up, the physician said he was “surprised” Ziad hadn’t figured it out on his own! Can you read the prescription?

Rx 2
Pharmacy technician Laura Cotter, CPhT, of Gibson’s Pharmacy in Murray, Utah, was baffled by this tricky prescription. Although the physician’s instructions are relatively clear, Laura was stumped when it came to the drug name. She ended up calling the prescriber’s office, where a nurse was able to interpret the handwriting.
Do you know what it says?


Rx 1:
Restasis 0.05%—take as directed

Rx 2:
Metadate 20 mg ER—Sig: take 1 by mouth twice daily; Disp: 60

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: Laura Enderle, Pharmacy Times, 666 Plainsboro Road, Suite 300, Plainsboro, NJ 08536.

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