Can You Read These Rxs?

Pharmacy TimesFebruary 2014 Autoimmune Disorders
Volume 80
Issue 2

Our latest round-up of difficult-to-read scripts.

Rx 1

When this prescription came into LI Script Long-Term Care Pharmacy in Woodbury, New York, pharmacist Gary Valeich, PharmD, was perplexed. Fortunately, he was able to get in touch with the prescriber to clarify.

Can you read what it says?

Rx 2

Despite her talent for reading bad handwriting, 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, at New Utrecht Pharmacy in Brooklyn, New York, saw this prescription, he was stumped. A call to the prescribing physician helped clear it up.

Do you know what it says?

Rx 4

According to Kelli Moyer, PharmD, of CVS Pharmacy in York, Pennsylvania, this messy script came in after hours, so it was fortunate that the patient could clarify the drug name.

Can you decipher this prescription?


Rx 1: Trazadone 50 mg by mouth at bedtime

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

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

Rx 4: Kelfex 500 mg #21—take 1 tablet 3 times daily for 7 days

Read the answers

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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.

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