Can You Read These Rxs? (December 2014)

Pharmacy TimesDecember 2014 Heart Health
Volume 80
Issue 12

Rx 1

Dennis Benko, PharmD, at Rite Aid in Redding, California, received this perplexing e-script. A call to the prescriber cleared up this legible but obviously incorrect e-script.

Can you guess what the script was supposed to say?

Rx 2

Amani Engelhardt, PharmD, received these physician instructions from a patient who hadn’t had a bowel movement in a week. Dr. Engelhardt and a pharmacy technician deciphered it in about 2 minutes.

Can you figure it out that fast?


Rx 1: Fluticasone 50 mcg nasal spray; as directed, inhale 2 puffs in each nostril every morning.

Rx 2: Stay on Miralax and Peri-Colace daily. Add milk of magnesia 1 tbsp daily. Give yourself rectal suppository Senokot. If it doesn’t work, use Fleet Enema. Go to ER if it doesn’t work.

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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