Can You Read These Rxs?

Pharmacy TimesAugust 2013 Pain Awareness
Volume 79
Issue 8

Rx 1

Pharmacist-in-charge Laura Skrzenski, RPh, at Alpha Pharmacy in Alpha, New Jersey, had to call the prescriber to verify the name of the drug in this prescription.

Can you decipher it?

Rx 2

Pharmacy Technician Melissa Pudder at ShopRite Pharmacy in Jackson, New Jersey, couldn’t read this messy handwriting, so she contacted the prescriber for clarification.

Do you know what it says?

Rx 3

Paige Killingsworth, RPh, PharmD, at Realo Discount Drugs in Trenton, North Carolina, was able to decipher the first half of this prescription, but the second half required a call to the prescriber.

Can you decipher both prescriptions?

Rx 4 Lori Van Devender, PharmD, at McDaniel Pharmacy in Port Gibson, Minnesota, had no idea what this prescription called for, except that it was for a sick child.

Do you know what it says?


Rx 1: Melphalan.

Rx 2: Valium 2 mg #270—take 1 every 8 hours as needed.

Rx 3: 1) Erythromycin 250 mg—take by mouth, twice a day x14; 2) Bactroban ointment—apply twice a day.

Rx 4: 1) Augmentin 600 mg—take 2 teaspoons twice daily; 2) Pediaprofen 100 mg—take 1-2 teaspoons every 4 hours as needed for pain.

Read the answers

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