Can You Read These Rxs?

Pharmacy Times, October 2013 Diabetes, Volume 79, Issue 10

Our latest batch of scrbbled scripts. See if you can decipher them.

Khanh Pham, pharmacy manager, and Katy McGroarty, senior certified pharmacy technician, were baffled by this prescription at their Walgreens pharmacy in Las Vegas, Nevada. Several phone calls were required to clear up the confusion.

Do you know what it says?

Rx 2

Sam Salameh, RPh, at CVS Pharmacy in New York, New York, knew he’d have to track down the prescriber to verify this prescription.

Can you read it?

Rx 3

This lengthy prescription, submitted by Butch Loyd, RPh, of Griffin Drug Co in Cleveland, Georgia, includes a whopping 6 illegible medications. Needless to say, Butch was confounded, so he called the physician for a translation.

How many of them can you read?

Rx 4

A pharmacy technician at Walgreens in Kingston, New York, had the pleasure of decoding this drug name and illegible instructions, with the help of someone in the prescriber’s office.

Can you read it?

ANSWERS

Rx 1: Albuterol 4 mg, #60, 1 tablet twice a day

Rx 2: Macrobid 100 mg #20—take 1 capsule twice daily for 10 days

Rx 3: 1) Zocor 40 mg #90—take once a day at bedtime; 2) Lortab 5—take once a day; 3) Metformin 500 mg—take 2, twice a day; 4) Zoloft 50 mg #30—take once a day; 5) Glipizide XL 10 mg #180—take twice a day; 6) Humulin 70/30 #3—50 units in the morning and 50 units in the evening

Rx 4: Zithromax 250 (Z-PAK)—take 2 tablets by mouth day 1, then take 1 tablet by mouth daily for 4 more 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.