Can You Read These Rxs? (November 2014)

Rx 1

Lisa Brown, PharmD, of Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River in Patuxent River, Maryland, said the following about this Rx: “This is what happens when a cardiologist steps outside of his practice and tries to ‘help’ a patient.” After consulting with several references and coworkers, Dr. Brown called the prescriber’s office for clarification.

Can you guess what drug this Rx is referring to?

Rx 2

Justine Justiniano, the manager of Village Chemists in East Setauket, New York, was stumped by this Rx.

Can you read this one?


Rx 1: Boniva 150 mg PO monthly

Rx 2: Xanax 0.5 mg; 1 pill by mouth 4 times a day as needed .

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