Decoding hard-to-read scripts is a fun challenge for Judy Kim, PharmD, who came across this prescription during one of her shifts at Vons Pharmacy in Pasadena, California. She couldn’t figure it out and finally called the physician to ask what the medication was. Can you read it?
The name of a popular drug is nearly unrecognizable in this messy script, submitted by pharmacy technician Emily Martinez, CPhT, of Walgreens Pharmacy in Kingston, New York. Emily was stumped and had to call the prescriber’s office. Do you know what it says?
Rx 1: Ranitidine 150 mg #30—Take 1 tablet twice daily after meals
Rx 2: Crestor 10 mg—Take 1 tablet by mouth every day, 5 refills
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