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    prescription medicine

    In a pharmacy:

    - Hello, how can I help you?
    - Hi, I have a presciption medicine my doctor prescibed me in my country. These are for intramuscular use, and I need barrels and syringes for me to be able to administer the medicine for myself. I need longer and thicker needles to suck the liquid out of the ampulles and shorter and thinner ones for injection.

    Does the conversation sound alright?

    My second question is. When the doctor wants me to take a certain type of medicine, he gives me a piece of paper to be taken to the pharmacy. If I give this paper to the pharmacist, what shall I say him?

    I want to ... this medicine.
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    Re: prescription medicine

    I can't answer your first question because I don't even know if a prescription is valid if it was issued in another country and the terminology for syringes.

    In the second case, "I'd like to fill this prescription, please."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: prescription medicine

    Or just 'Could you make this up?' - handing them the prescription. It's obvious from the context that 'this' means 'this prescription'.

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    Re: prescription medicine

    That would sound odd to this American. I should have added that "fill this prescription" is the American way to saying it, and that there were likely to be variations in other regions.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: prescription medicine

    I think 'fill this prescription' is used here too. The 'make up' version is probably a throw-back to the days when a chemist really did concoct stuff - but it's still widely used.

    You could even just hand them the prescription and say 'The doctor gave me this' - saving the trouble of wondering which collocation to use with 'prescription'

    b

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    Re: prescription medicine

    Thank you, Barb and Bob!

    Regarding the sentences

    "Hi, I have a prescription medicine my doctor prescibed me in my country."
    and
    "I need to administer the medicine for myself."
    , are they good English?

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