Can You Read These Rxs?

APRIL 01, 2009

In his >40 years as a pharmacist, Jack Tessel, RPh, of CVS/pharmacy in North Brunswick, New Jersey, never saw a prescription as bad as this one. Rather than spending a lot of time trying to decode the medicine being ordered, he called the prescribing physician’s office for clarification. Can you translate this prescription?

After careful examination, Hakan Ulus, RPh, of Oxford Circle Pharmacy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, could not understand the physician’s handwriting on this script. The pharmacist questioned the patient and learned the medication was being prescribed for use as a muscle relaxer. Ulus thought it might be a script for Xanax. When he called the prescribing physician’s office for confirmation, Ulus found that the script was not for Xanax. Do you know which medication is being prescribed?

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?, Attention: Eileen Koutnik-Fotopoulos. Pharmacy Times, 666 Plainsboro Road, Suite 300, Plainsboro, NJ 08536.