Damian Mitrano, PharmD, of Brooks/EckerdPharmacy #570 in Somerville, Mass, supportselectronic prescribing, especially when herepeatedly receives poorly written scripts fromthe same physicians. For example, this prescriptionwas written by a physician who hasto be called for nearly every script. After discussingthe prescription with the technicianand staff pharmacist, he decided to call theprescribing physician's office instead ofplaying guessing games. The office clarifiedthe drug name and answered all of thepharmacy's questions. Can you decipherthis badly written prescription?
Registered Pharmacist Charmaine Sanders ofMadigan Army Medical Center Department ofPharmacy in Tacoma, Wash, was clueless as towhat medication the physician ordered. A pharmacytechnician thought the script was forFlexPen. Rather than wasting time guessing,Sanders called the prescribing physician'soffice 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 telephonenumber. 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.