A woman’s doctor wrote her a prescription for vitamin E.
I was the manager of a health food store, and my jaw dropped when I read it.
“200,000 international units of vitamin E a day???” I exclaimed.
“Yes,” she replied.
“Are you sure your doctor didn’t write this down wrong? Did he actually tell you to take 200,000 I.U a day?”
“That’s what he said.”
“I’d love to fill this prescription because we’d make a lot of money on the deal. You’d have to take two hundred 1,000 I.U. capsules of vitamin E a day, and a bottle of 250 of these capsules cost fifty dollars. But you’d probably die the first day!”
“Well, that’s what my doctor said.”
“Why don’t you call him and find out for sure. You can use our phone.”
“He said yes. 200,000 is the right amount.”
“Can I talk to your doctor?”
“Sure.” She dialed him up again.
When he got on the phone, I said, “Doctor, about this prescription for 200,000 international units of vitamin E a day. That’s two hundred 1,000 I.U. capsules. That could kill your patient.”
“That’s what the research said.”
“We have vitamin E in 200 I.U., 400 I.U., and 1,000 I.U. capsules. Are you sure it didn’t say 200 I.U. a day?”
“I thought it said 200,000.”
“Do you still want me to fill your prescription?”
“No, let me look into it some more.”
I lost a sale that day.
I hope doctors don’t make the same kind of mistakes prescribing pharmaceutical drugs.
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