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    The Top 10 Wackiest Pharmacy Stories From the 70s: Part 3

    Pharmacy never changes in the final part of our “Best of the 70s” series.

     

    Passive aggressive—January 21, 1974

    It’s not just doctors’ writing, sometimes it’s their imaginative abbreviations on prescriptions. An Rx for an asthmatic patient crossed our counter recently, reading: “tab i tid SOB.” Not knowing if I’d come upon a doctor who’d flipped out, a really difficult patient, or a newly minted bit of medical terminology, I pursued the matter to the point of getting the M.D. on the phone. “Oh sure,” he replied jauntily. “SOB stands for shortness of breath.”

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