Can You Read These Rxs?

Pharmacy TimesAugust 2014 Pain Awareness
Volume 80
Issue 8

Pharm Tech Dhaval H. Patel at Walgreens in Bloomington, Illinois, was perplexed by this prescription.

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

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 read the prescription?

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: Daytrana 20 mg, apply 1 patch every day, #30.

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

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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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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