Can You Read These Rxs?

Pharmacy TimesJune 2013 Women's Health
Volume 79
Issue 6

Rx 1

When Michael Webb, RPh, pharmacy manager at Acme Pharmacy in Willingboro, New Jersey, saw this difficult-to-decipher prescription and was told by the patient, “It’s for cough,” the mystery deepened. A call to the prescriber was necessary for clarification.

Can you figure it out?

Rx 2

After Steve King, RPh, was presented with this puzzler at Snider Drugs, Inc, in Bloomfield, Kentucky, further investigation was required to determine the prescriber’s intention.

Can you read this Rx?

Rx 3

Dilesh Patel, RPh, received this prescription at Hillcrest Pharmacy in Marlton, New Jersey, and needed some assistance in deciphering the name of the drug.

Do you know what it says?

Rx 4

This prescription presented to Elaine Sapunarich, pharmacy technician at Rite Aid in Saugerties, New York, features illegible handwriting and required clarification.

Can you figure it out?


Rx 1: Famotidine 40 mg 1 by mouth daily #30 for GERD-induced cough.

Rx 2: Trazodone 50 mg #30 1 at bedtime.

Rx 3: Tizanidine 2 mg #60 1 to 2 at bedtime

Rx 4: Suboxone film 8/2 1 daily #4.

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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