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    The Top 10 Wackiest Pharmacy Stories From the 70s: Part 2

    The drugs might change, but the people never do. Part 2 of our best of the 70s series.


    At least it was legible—January 15, 1976

    Physicians are by no means exempt from the “Silly Syndrome.” Over a period of years, I have filled a particular prescription for suppositories for a doctor who always wrote, “SIG: 1 p.r. b.i.d.” One morning, recently, I was handed a prescription written by this doctor for the same suppositories, but with this SIG: “Twice each day, morning and evening, remove the wrapping from suppository and insert the suppository into the rectum.” I was so curious because of the abrupt change in writing style that I called the doctor. I had barely gotten out the question when he interrupted me with: “Listen Bill, if you had spent half the morning digging tinfoil out of someone’s butt, you’d know why I spelled it out so completely.”

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