Your Prescription 3 Poster Set for Pharmacy Windows


Your Prescription 3 Poster Set for Pharmacy Windows


Set of three posters for pharmacy windows titled "Your Prescription" printed in 1959. These "ethical displays" were designed and written by Frank Pinchak, a pharmacist from Paterson, New Jersey. Published by his company Professional Advancement Plan, Pinchak sold the posters to pharmacists around the country. He donated the posters to the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy in 2013. The main poster reads: "Your prescription is a formula calling for specific medicines the physician wishes to have administered...and the directions for use. Rx...abbreviation of the Latin "recipe"...(to take)...and also represents a holdover of ancient mythology 2+ - the sign of Jupiter. Many prescriptions require special labels calling attention to usage and storage. Your pharmacist determines the order of mixing ingredients based on consideration of solubility and reaction. Three styles of weights are used by your pharmacist. Apothecary - metric - avoirdupois. Choice of proper container is determined by the nature of the Rx, its use and storage requirements." Side poster #1 reads: "Durham-Humphrey amendment to the U.S. Food and Drug Law provides that most prescriptions can only be refilled on authorization of physician. Remember - medicines are always prescribed for a specific patient to treat specific conditions. They should never be used by another person." Side poster #2 reads: "By law...your prescription must be filed for at least five years. Narcotic prescriptions are kept in a separate file. Your pharmacist compounds, checks, and rechecks the ingredients of every prescription!"




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Image copyright Brian Silverstein, 2008.






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Pinchak, Seymore Francis (Frank), 1922-2014, “Your Prescription 3 Poster Set for Pharmacy Windows,” American Institute of the History of Pharmacy Digital Collection, accessed April 15, 2024,