Hilda Galvan, certified pharmacy technician, spent several minutes pondering this 5-part prescription with colleague and pharmacist Sreedhar Vajuinepalli of Health Care Pharmacy in Passaic, New Jersey. Unable to decipher it, they took action and called the physician’s office for more information.
Can you read it?
Catherine Dolcimascolo, PharmD, was presented with this prescription at Osco Pharmacy in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Fortunately, Catherine did not have to track down the prescriber to clarify the prescription. She figured it out on the spot by speaking with the patient instead.
Do you know what it says?
HAVE EYE-STRAINING, BAFFLING PRESCRIPTIONS? SEND THEM TO PHARMACY TIMES
Rx 1: 1) Levaquin 500 mg—take 1 tablet daily for 7 days; 2) Solu-Cortef 100 mg A-O-vial—Use as directed; 3) Rondec DM Syrup—take 1 tsp every 6 hours; 4) Proventil—2 puffs every 8 hours; 5) Rocephin 2-g vial.
Rx 2: Prednisone 20 mg, one by mouth daily
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.