Can You Read These Rxs?

JANUARY 01, 2007

Damian Mitrano, PharmD, of Brooks/Eckerd Pharmacy #570 in Somerville, Mass, supports electronic prescribing, especially when he repeatedly receives poorly written scripts from the same physicians. For example, this prescription was written by a physician who has to be called for nearly every script. After discussing the prescription with the technician and staff pharmacist, he decided to call the prescribing physician's office instead of playing guessing games. The office clarified the drug name and answered all of the pharmacy's questions. Can you decipher this badly written prescription?

Registered Pharmacist Charmaine Sanders of Madigan Army Medical Center Department of Pharmacy in Tacoma, Wash, was clueless as to what medication the physician ordered. A pharmacy technician thought the script was for FlexPen. Rather than wasting time guessing, Sanders called the prescribing physician's office to verify. Can you decode this prescription?

Have eye-straining, baffling prescriptions? Send them to Pharmacy Times. 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?, Pharmacy Times, 103 College Road East, Princeton, NJ 08540.

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Rx 1: Lipitor 20 mg, 1 tablet daily, #30, 5 refills. Rx 2: EpiPen, refill 1 year.