Can You Read These Rxs?

Pharmacy Times, February 2013 Autoimmune Disorders, Volume 79, Issue 2

Rx 1

When this prescription came in to a Walgreens pharmacy in San Antonio, Texas, pharmacist John Rothwell, PharmD, did his best to decipher it. With so many details crammed together, he had no choice but to get some clarification from the prescriber.

Can you guess what is written?

Rx 2

Despite her Rx savvy, pharmacy technician Morgan Smith needed help reading this prescription that came in during her shift at Publix Pharmacy in Newberry, Florida.

Can you read this Rx?

Rx 3

When Mayer Maltz, RPh, the pharmacist at New Utrecht Pharmacy in Brooklyn, New York, saw this prescription, he was stumped. A call to the physician thankfully shed some light.

Do you know what it says?

Rx 4

You know a prescription is tough when the nurse can’t even figure it out. That’s what happened to Wendell Howell, RPh, and Joni McBryant, CPhT, of Rochelle Drug & Gift in Rochelle, Georgia. Luckily, the prescribing physician was there to clarify.

Can you figure it out?

Have eye-straining, baffling prescriptions?Send them to us at 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 telephone number. Please mail your submissions to: Can You Read These Rxs?, Pharmacy Times, 666 Plainsboro Road, Suite 300, Plainsboro, NJ 08536.

ANSWERS

Rx 1: Trazodone 100 mg—take 2 to 3 before bedtime; 2) Cymbalta 30 mg—take in the morning and before bedtime #100; 3) Lexapro 20mg—take daily #60; 4) Lyrica 75 mg—take 2 times daily #120; 5) Klonopin 2 mg—take 2 times daily and before bed #100; 6) BuSpar 15 mg—take 3 times daily #100

Rx 2: Phenergan with codeine syrup, #240mL, 1 tsp by mouth 3 times daily #100

Rx 3: Namenda 10 mg—take 1 tablet by mouth at bedtime #60

Rx 4: Myrtex cream, 30 g, apply twice daily for 2 weeks.

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