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September 20, 1971

The "Poly-Prescription"

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Jackson, Ga

JAMA. 1971;217(12):1704. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190120070020

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To the Editor.—  Being a registered pharmacist as well as a physician, I can foresee that the "Poly-Prescription" described and illustrated by Patterson (216:2141, 1971) will also be a horrifying document to the pharmacist. There is no room left on these individual prescription lines for the information which a pharmacist must put on each prescription to record its filling. For instance, each prescription must have a number which is usually stamped on the prescription, plus the price, and the initials of the pharmacist who fills the prescription, the date on which it was filled, and the dates of each refill. If the prescription was a generic one, the pharmacist writes in the trade name of the drug used. In addition to this, the new law requires that a red letter "C" no less than one inch in height be stamped on the face of certain prescriptions for certain control