Illegible Prescription Analysis

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As pharmacists, we will definitely see illegible or hard to understand prescriptions. Therefore it is important to make sure we have the 5 R with regards to patient safety: right patient, right drug, right dose, and right route at the right time. Interpretation of an illegible prescription needs to follow certain steps when is processed but the pharmacist is the one that always does the final check. There are a few steps and tips that should be followed. These are: 1. Ensure that all the information needed is on the Rx: patient’s information, prescriber’s information, drug, strength, how to be used, quantity to be dispensed, refills if appropriate, date and signature. 2. If the patient’s name is illegible, make sure you confirm the patient’s
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