Why are most prescriptions illegible?

If I had a Toblerone for every illegible prescription that a doctor wrote, I’d be swimming in chocolate heaven.

I’ve been hard pressed to find a reason why doctors write prescriptions that as a patient you find hard to decipher. Maybe it’s their busy schedule or their desire to make you keep coming back; I don’t know.

However, the pharmacist has no problem figuring out the prescription and filling it out in one minute. But, when you go home, you wonder whether you’re supposed to take the tablet thrice a day or twice a day. Forget that, sometimes it’s hard to figure out which tablet you’re supposed to take.

In the US, the pharmacist prints out the instructions and sticks it on to the bottle. Here, in India, you get packaged strips, and sometimes when they’re less than ten, you may not be able to read the name of the tablet.

It’s surprising that people haven’t died from overdoses or under-doses. Or have they?

Doctors spend so much time learning about medicine, you have to wonder if they forget how to write. Maybe a course in legible handwriting should be compulsory every year of medical school. Heck, make it a test that doctors have to take every two or three years, like a renewal of a license.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go figure out how much of that cough medicine to take. If you don’t get more updates to this blog, you know who to blame.


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