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    Smile Discontinued prescriptions

    Discontinued prescriptions 50% off.

    What does this mean? Thanks.

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    This wouldn't have any meaning in England because a 'prescription' is a document from a medical doctor (or optometrist, or dentist) which states what specific medication is required for a patient. You cannot prescribe in advance because you don't know what is wrong with them. Therefore the concept of preparing something beforhand which isn't then going to be used doesn't exist.

    In America, and probably other Countries, 'prescriptions' might better be described as 'remedies'. So for instance you might have a 'prescription' for a rash on your arm. This might be a common thing (eg poison ivy), and chemists (or pharmacists, or whatever you call someone who sells medication in your own Country) can stock up on regular 'prescriptions'. If the remedy then goes out of fashion, or is replaced by something better, then the seller may wish to sell them off cheaply as 'discontinued prescriptions', that is, they are longer manufacturered (manufacture of them has been discontinued).

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    Thanks, Pedant.
    But I still don't get it:what's so funny about this strip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedant View Post
    This wouldn't have any meaning in England because a 'prescription' is a document from a medical doctor (or optometrist, or dentist) which states what specific medication is required for a patient. You cannot prescribe in advance because you don't know what is wrong with them. Therefore the concept of preparing something beforhand which isn't then going to be used doesn't exist.

    In America, and probably other Countries, 'prescriptions' might better be described as 'remedies'. So for instance you might have a 'prescription' for a rash on your arm. This might be a common thing (eg poison ivy), and chemists (or pharmacists, or whatever you call someone who sells medication in your own Country) can stock up on regular 'prescriptions'. If the remedy then goes out of fashion, or is replaced by something better, then the seller may wish to sell them off cheaply as 'discontinued prescriptions', that is, they are longer manufacturered (manufacture of them has been discontinued).
    In the US, a prescription is also something written by a doctor that is filled by a pharmacist. If a medication is available without a prescription, it is referred to as an "over the counter" medicine.

    I think what is supposed to be humorous about this comic is that discontinued prescriptions shouldn't be sold at all, they should be destroyed. Poor Ziggy is being duped by an unscrupulous pharmacist...? I don't know...it's not exactly a knee-slapper, is it?

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    der...I was commenting on the use of English, not the merits of some cartoon which I've not seen.

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