can you READ these Rxs?

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Santino Colabianchi, PharmD, of Thrif-T DrugsInc in Pensacola, Florida, was handed this prescriptionjust before the pharmacy closed on aFriday. The pharmacist was unable to fill theprescription because he could not determinethe medication being ordered. He explained tothe patient that getting the script filled wouldhave to wait until Monday when he could callthe prescribing physician's office for clarification.Can you figure out this script?

Marree Lake, PharmD, of Coop Pharmacy inScottsbluff, Nebraska, had no problem understandingthis script's dose instructions. The name of thedrug, however, was a different story. Lake is familiarwith this prescribing physician's illegiblehandwriting. The pharmacy staff is usually ableto decipher his prescriptions. Lake, however,had to call the prescribing physician's office todetermine the new medication being orderedfor the patient. Can you decode this prescription?


Rx 1: Boniva 150 mg, #1, 1 tablet po q month.

Rx 2: Hytrin 5 mg, #30, 1 capsule po q day.

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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