A West Auckland pharamacist had a bit of a slip up when typing the directions for a patient's prescription for a ventalin inhaler, with the label stating:
"Shake well and inhale TWO puffs in the rectum for asthma."
They obviously got mixed up and gave the treatment for assma, not asthma... We'll let ourselves out.
The image was originally posted a couple years ago, but a pharamacist has now come out to explain how the stuff up happened:
"We use lots of keyboard shortcuts for writing labels, and a lot of them are Latin based. What should have been PRN, which stands for pro re nata (when required), lost an N to become PR which stands for rectum," he said.
"If I were to rewrite those directions in shorthand they would look like 'inh (inhale) 2 pfs(puffs) po(by mouth) q4h(every 4 hours) prn(if needed)'."
So in summary: INHALERS GO IN YOUR MOUTH NOT YOUR BUTT GUYS.
Glad we cleared that up.