Can You Read These Rxs?

Pharmacy Times, August 2010 Oncology, Volume 76, Issue 8

Rx 1

John Rothwell, PharmD, manager of the Walgreens pharmacy in San Antonio, Texas, struggled to read this prescription. With so many important details crammed into the margins and squeezed between lines, Rothwell decided a call to the physician’s office was in order.

Can you tell what medicines are being prescribed?

Rx 2

This prescription stumped Mayer Maltz, RPh, pharmacist at the New Utrecht Pharmacy in Brooklyn, New York. Unable to decipher it on his own, he spoke with the physician to confirm the prescription before filling it.

Do you know what it says?

ANSWERS

Rx 1: 1) Trazodone 100 mg—take 2 to 3 before bedtime #200; 2) Cymbalta 30 mg—take in the morning and before bedtime #100; 3) Lexapro 20 mg—take daily #60; 4) Lyrica 75 mg—take 2 times daily #120; 5) Klonopin 2 mg—take 2 times daily and before bed #100; 6) BuSpar 15 mg—take 3 times daily #100

Rx 2: Namenda 10 mg—take 1 tablet by mouth at bedtime #60

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