Doctor’s handwritten script leads to unusual erectile dysfunction mix-up

Prescribers encouraged to use block capitals when handwriting scripts

Doctors have been urged to write prescriptions in block capitals after an unfortunate mix-up led to a woman using an erectile dysfunction cream to treat her dry eye.

The UK woman had a handwritten prescription from her GP for the ocular lubricant VitA-POS (liquid paraffin) for severe dry eyes and corneal erosions, yet ended up with the erectile dysfunction cream Vitaros (alprostadil).