Can You Read These Rxs?
A patient brought this prescription to the Drug Mart Pharmacy in Bedford Hills, New York. When asked what the prescription was for, the patient said it was supposed to be a sleeping pill. Not convinced, pharmacist Christine Bolton, RPh, called the physician’s office. The answer she received surprised her.
Can you read it?
This prescription was presented to pharmacy technician Brandon Sain, of Walgreens Pharmacy in Davison, Michigan. Knowing it would be difficult to contact a physician at the local hospital where the script was written, pharmacist Ajay Gajera, RPh, stepped in to solve the mystery. After asking the patient a few questions, Gajera was able to fill the prescription correctly.
Do you know what it says?
Answer Rx 1:
K-Dur 20 mEq—take once daily.
Answer Rx 2:
Bactrim suspension—take 2 teaspoonfuls by mouth 2 times daily for 10 days; Tylenol with codeine—take 1 teaspoonful every 8 hours as needed #4 oz.
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