Can You Read These Rxs?

Pharmacy TimesNovember 2009
Volume 75
Issue 11

Registered pharmacist Jerry Boyers and the staff at Rider Pharmacy in Fairmont, West Virginia, were completely stumped by this prescription. Putting in 2 calls to the prescribing doctor’s office proved unsuccessful, as even the office staff there could not decode the handwriting. Finally, the perplexed pharmacist received a faxed reply a couple of days later, clarifying what was being prescribed. Do you have an idea of what the prescription says?

As the manager of a Rite Aid in Garden Grove, California, pharmacist Tiffany Nguyen, PharmD, sees a large number of prescriptions. Although it is not unusual to run into some that are difficult to read, this prescription in particular really left Nguyen at a loss. The unintelligible prescription turned out to be for a commonly prescribed drug. Do you know what it is?


ANSWER:Shower chair, diagnosis: osteoarthritis

ANSWER: Motrin, 600 mg, #30, every 6 hours as needed for pain

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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?, Attention: Jessica, Pharmacy Times, 666 Plainsboro Road, Suite 300, Plainsboro, NJ 08536.

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