Can You Read These Rxs?

Pharmacy Times, November 2011 Cough & Cold, Volume 77, Issue 11

Rx 1 Physicians are notorious for poor penmanship, but this submission suggests dentists are no better. CVS pharmacist Cori VanDevender, PharmD, and technician Chrystal Mills, of Laurel, Mississippi, had “no idea” what drug was written on this dentist’s prescription. They called his office, where a nurse was able to clarify.

Do you know what it says?

Rx 2 Try as he might, pharmacy technician Vitthal Koladiya didn’t stand a chance at decoding this jumbled mess of letters and numbers, which a patient brought in for filling at Borinquen Pharmacy in Brooklyn, New York. He had to call the prescriber to verify the drug name and instructions.

Can you read it?

ANSWERS

Rx 1: Percocet 10/325, dispense 10 tablets—take 1 tablet by mouth every 6 hours as needed

Rx 2: Amoxicillin 250 mg/5 mL—take 1 teaspoon 3 times daily for 1 week

Read the answers

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