Can You Read These Rxs?

Pharmacy Times, Volume 0,0

As a pharmacy intern, Jackie Sassaman,PharmD candidate, ofWeis Pharmacy in Pottstown,Pennsylvania, is used to illegible scripts.This prescription tops the list of hard-toreadscripts. Instead of spending timetrying to figure out what medication wasbeing ordered, Sassaman called the physician?soffice for clarification. Are yourdeciphering skills good enough to identifythe medicine being prescribed?

Jon Kepner, PharmD, RPh, of Rite AidPharmacy in Cortland, Ohio, was completelystumped when the patientbrought this prescription into the pharmacy.Because it was a new medication,the patient could not remember the name.The pharmacist looked up the patient?sprofile to see if he could shed any light onthis mystery prescription, but had no luck.Kepner called the prescribing physician?soffice for help. Do you know what medicineis being prescribed?

ANSWERS

Rx 1: Ambien CR 12.5 mg, #30. 1 tablet by mouth at bedtime. 3 refills.

Rx 2: Lantus insulin, #4 pens.

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

Erratam

In the December 2008 issue of Pharmacy Times, the answer for the first prescription in Can You Read These Rxs? (p. 112) shouldhave read ?Pulmicort Respules 0.25 mg, 1 vial 2 times a day, 1-month supply.?