Some physicians must write their instructions expecting phone calls from confused pharmacists. That’s the only reasonable explanation for scripts as illegible as this one, submitted by TJ Geerdes, PharmD, of Shopko Pharmacy in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.
Do you know what it says?
Matthew Shimoda was on duty when a patient arrived with this sloppy script at Superfresh Pharmacy in Mt. Airy, Maryland. Despite all his years of experience and training, Matthew was no match for this physician’s bad penmanship. He had to call the prescriber’s office.
Can you read it?
Rx 1:1) Lopid 600 mg #180—take 1 by mouth twice daily; 2) Plavix 75 mg #90—take 1 by mouth once daily; 3) Lipitor 20 mg #90—take 1 by mouth once daily; 4) Cardizem CD 240 mg #90— take 1 by mouth twice daily
Rx 2: Lamictal 25 mg #45—take 1 tablet once daily for 2 weeks, then 2 tablets once daily
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