Can You Read These Rxs?

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In his >40 years as a pharmacist, JackTessel, RPh, of CVS/pharmacy in NorthBrunswick, New Jersey, never saw aprescription as bad as this one. Rather thanspending a lot of time trying to decode themedicine being ordered, he called the prescribingphysician’s office for clarification.Can you translate this prescription?

After careful examination, Hakan Ulus,RPh, of Oxford Circle Pharmacy inPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, couldnot understand the physician’s handwritingon this script. The pharmacist questionedthe patient and learned the medicationwas being prescribed for use as a musclerelaxer. Ulus thought it might be a scriptfor Xanax. When he called the prescribingphysician’s office for confirmation, Ulusfound that the script was not for Xanax.Do you know which medication is beingprescribed?


Rx 1: Nevanac ophthalmic drops, #1, 1 drop in each eye 4 times a day; Pred Forte ophthalmic drops, #1, 1 drop in each eye 4 times a day.

Rx 2: Zanaflex, 2 mg, #180, 1 capsule 4 times a day.

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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.

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