CAN YOU READTHESE Rxs?
We ask our readers to send us those eye-straining, baffling prescriptions that they receive for inclusion in this monthly feature. If you would like to contribute to this column, send a clean photocopy of the script along with a note that describes the experience and provides the correct drug information to: Can You Read These Rxs?, Pharmacy Times, 241 Forsgate Drive, Jamesburg, NJ 08831, or fax it to 732-656-9267.
ONE: This prescription looks as if a child wrote it. Pharmacist Jim Rystedt, of Jim's Family Drug in Grafton, ND, was completely baffled when it came in. Before even attempting to decipher what medication was being prescribed, Rystedt telephoned the physician for some assistance. Can you understand this prescription?
TWO: As a pharmacist working on the graveyard shift covering both the Emergency Room and Urgent Care at Kaiser Permanente in Riverside, Calif, Dianne George, RPh, PharmD, does not have time for poorly written prescriptions. Dr. George wasted no time calling the prescribing physician for help. The physician was prompt to call her back and apologized profusely for any confusion. Can you translate this prescription without any assistance from the physician?
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Z-Pak, use as directed
Albuterol inhaler, #1,
2 puffs every 4 hours as needed