Can You Read These Rxs?

Pharmacy Times, July 2010 Digestive Health, Volume 76, Issue 7

Rx 1

This epic prescription, submitted by Butch Loyd, RPh, of Griffin Drug Co in Cleveland, Georgia, packs in a whopping 6 medications—all equally illegible—on a single piece of paper. Needless to say, Butch was confounded; he called the physician for a translation.

How many of them can you read?

Paige Killingsworth, RPh, PharmD, received this prescription at Realo Discount Drugs in Trenton, North Carolina. Although the first half of the script was a no-brainer for Paige and her team, the second half left them completely in the dark.

Can you decipher both prescriptions?

ANSWERS

Rx 1: Answer Rx 1: 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 2: Answer Rx 2: 1) Erythromycin 250 mg—take by mouth, twice a day x14; 2) Bactroban ointment—apply twice a day

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