Can You Read These Rxs? (January 2015)

Pharmacy TimesJanuary 2015 The Aging Population
Volume 81
Issue 1

Rx 1

Carla Harold, RPh, of Auburn Pharmacy in Independence, Missouri, said the following about this perplexing Rx: “Since this prescription was presented for filling on a Saturday, we had to have the physician paged. It took 4 hours for the return call, and the doctor was amazed that we didn’t know what he had written.”

Can you guess what this Rx says?

Rx 2

Richard Sottosant, RPh, of CVS Pharmacy in New York, New York, needed help to figure out this looping script.

Can you figure out this Rx?


Rx 1: Zithromax 250 mg BID

Rx 2: Zithromycin 250 mg #1 (Z-Pak), take as directed

Read the answers


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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