can you READ these Rxs?

MAY 01, 2007

Rx 1: Registered Pharmacist Rozaleen Shehata of Rite Aid Pharmacy #3721 in Manassas, Va, was glad the patient did not need this prescription right away. After 3 different staff members tried to identify the medication being prescribed, Shehata called the prescribing physician's office for clarification. It took the physician's office 3 days to call back and verify the script. What do you think this prescription says?

Rx 2: Registered Pharmacist Marvin Mayerson and the staff of CVS/pharmacy in Montvale, NJ, had fun with this prescription. After consultation with the pharmacy staff, which could not read this Rx, Mayerson decided to check the patient's profile. He quickly found that the patient had this medication filled on an earlier date and was able to fill the script. How many attempts will it take for you to correctly identify this prescription?

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Rx 1: Indocin, 25 mg, 1 tablet 3 times daily after meals, 3 refills.

Rx 2: Concerta, 18 mg, #30, 1 tablet daily.