Also known as "Sig Codes"
, Prescription abbreviations
are basically coded instructions from a health-care professional. The code is used to supply the words while Roman Numerals
are sometimes used for the numbers. These should be memorized to prepare for the PTCB or ExCPT exams.
Common Pharmacy Abbreviations
These must be memorized (mandatory)
The most difficult pharmacy abbreviations to remember are the eyes and ears. They are very easy to mix up, especially because they seem to make no sense.
When you see the O, think of an EYE which is round.
For the A, remember it as "Audio" which is heard through your EARS.
For S, think of "South" and Left handed boxers being dubbed
When you see U, imagine it as a face, needing both eyes or ears.
Again, it is vital to memorize prescription abbreviations in order to prepare for the PTCB or ExCPT exams. One of the most common tasks performed
by pharmacy technicians is decoding prescription orders and translating them into dosages and directions to place on the patients medication packaging.
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