Can You Read These Rxs?

Pharmacy TimesJuly 2014 Digestive Health
Volume 80
Issue 7

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

When a patient dropped off this prescription, Terri Bigelow, senior technician, and Jay Mitchell, PharmD, pondered the writing a long time before hearing from the physician that this was not an order for a drug at all!

Do you know what it says?

Rx 3

The handwriting of this prescription that Rosemarie Alcamo, RPh, saw at Richmond Pharmacy and Surgical Inc in Staten Island, New York, made it quite a puzzler.

Can you figure it out?

Rx 4

Lisa Chamblee, PharmD, and pharmacist tech Cassie Yeakley needed some help interpreting this prescription that was brought in to Laws Drug Store in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Can you read this Rx?


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

Rx 2: Bone Density Scan. Dx: Osteopenia. Rx 3: Albuterol spray (inhaler)—2 puffs 15 minutes before exercise.

Rx 4: Doxazosin 4 mg #30—take 1 tablet every evening; Ambien 10 mg #30—take 1 tablet by mouth at bedtime; Hydrocodone 10/325 #120— take 1 by mouth up to 4 times a day; Oxycodone 15 #75—1 tablet up to 3 times a day; Klonopin 2.0 #30—1 tablet by mouth at bedtime; Levothyroxine 25 mcg #30—1 tablet by mouth once a day; Baclofen 10 mg #90—1 tablet up to 3 times a day.

Read the answers

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Send in your eye-straining, baffling prescriptions—now via e-mail and fax as well as regular mail! Submissions must include a clean photocopy or scanned image of the Rx; your institution’s name and location; your name and title; the correct name of the drug(s), strength, and dosing requirements; and your phone number. You can e-mail scanned Rxs to kmckay@pharmacytimes .com; fax them to 609-257-0701; or mail them to Can You Read These Rxs?, Pharmacy Times, 666 Plainsboro Road, Suite 300, Plainsboro, NJ 08536.

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