A patient arrives at the pharmacy window with a prescription for lomotil. The prescriber is Dr. Tom Nuzecki DDS. You should:
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1. fill the prescription with a smile
2. call the prescriber
3. refuse to fill the prescription, as it is not valid
4. consult the United States Pharmacopoeia
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Let's start by making sure we understand what is happening. Lomotil is prescribed for treatment of diarrhea. It slows the passing of digested matter through the small intestines, thereby allowing for more complete absorption of liquids from the matter.
DDS stands for Doctor of Dental Surgery.
So, in your scenario, we have a dentist prescribing medication to deal with diarrhea. Because there is no relationship between a patient suffering symptoms of diarrhea and the type of medical expertise involved in practicing dentistry, Dr. Nuzecki has no authority to write such an order.
Under no circumstances may a dentist prescribe anything whatsoever outside the course of his/her practice of dentistry (e.g., cold medicines, headache remedies, ulcer medications, etc.).
The correct answer to your question is 3. The pharmacist should refuse to fill the prescription.
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