Can You Read These Rxs?

Pharmacy Times, December 2011 Heart Health, Volume 77, Issue 12

Pharmacy technician Elaine Sapunarich couldn’t do much with this messy prescription that a patient handed her at Rite Aid pharmacy in Saugerties, New York. She had to follow up with the patient’s physician to find out what it said.

Can you read the prescription?

When this prescription was brought into CVS Pharmacy in Suffern, New York, staff pharmacist Ira Green, another pharmacist on duty, and 2 technicians all put their heads together to figure it out. Their attempt was unsuccessful, and they decided that a phone call to the physician was in order.

Do you know what the prescription says?

ANSWERS

Rx 1: Crestor 5 mg, #30, 5 refills—take one tablet daily at bedtime

Rx 2: Celexa 40 mg, #45—take 1.5 tablets once daily

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