After finishing a long session with someone whose expensive, sustained release pain medication was too soon to fill because he had been taking approximately 4 times the dose that was prescribed and didn't discuss this with his doctor so there was no way I was going to tell an insurance company that we confirmed that he HAD consulted with his doctor when in fact he had NOT.... (and this is the kind of thing I love to get on a Friday afternoon)..... I turned to the next prescription.
A beautifully laser-printed, signed document with just the essential information. We'll bang this one out in 45 seconds, I thought, until the technician brings it back and says, "what should I put for the directions?"
Here's exactly what it said:
"1 each 2 times a day 1 tab po qam orally." (quantity, 30).
This was one of those psychotropic meds that could be taken 100 different ways.
A call to the office phone number on the prescription revealed a fortress-like phone triage system finally ending in a voice mail.
This is why your pharmacist is kind of cranky sometimes.