A single recognizable letter is the key to decoding this prescription, sent in by Maria Georgakopoulos, RPh, pharmacist and owner of Bridge Pharmacy in Brooklyn, New York. One letter wasn’t enough for Maria—she had to call the prescriber.
Do you know what it says?
Lori L. Orsi, RPh, is usually good at deciphering scripts like this one, which she received while on duty at Kmart Pharmacy in Clementon, New Jersey. “But this one had me truly stumped,” she admits, “and the reply from the doctor’s office was shocking.” How could the actual drug name be so different from what appears on the script? “Chalk it up to both bad handwriting and awful spelling skills,” Orsi said.
Can you read the prescription?
Rx 1: Flexeril 10 mg #30—take 1 tablet by mouth at bedtime, refill 1 time
Rx 2: Tessalon 200 mg #100—take 1 capsule by mouth 3 times daily, refill 4 times
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