Editor's Note: Hundreds of Ann Landers' loyal readers have requested that newspapers continue to publish her columns. These letters originally appeared in 1999.
Dear Ann Landers: Your column is a valuable tool for getting messages to people everywhere. Please tell them: Always make sure you get prescription drug dosage directions directly from your doctor.
I have psoriasis and have tried almost everything to get rid of it. I recently was put on some high-powered drugs. One drug has to be monitored with blood tests and taken exactly as prescribed. My doctor told me to take four pills a week, two on Saturday morning and two Saturday evening.
My doctor's handwriting was hard to read, but I took the prescription to my pharmacist, thinking he could surely figure it out. When I picked up the pills, the instructions on the bottle read, "Two pills daily and twice on Saturday." Thank God my doctor had told me what he wanted me to do and not just written it down. If I had not remembered his instructions, I would have been taking 16 pills a week, which could have created some serious problems. I asked the pharmacist to call my doctor's office and straighten it out. He did so at once.
Please tell your readers to get it straight from the doctor's mouth. — Avid Reader in Mesquite, Texas
Dear Avid Reader in Mesquite: Your letter is yet another excellent example of how my readers help one another through this column. "Getting it straight from the doctor's mouth" is superb advice. Of course, it takes the time of the doctor, but if he is dedicated and caring, he won't mind.
Dear Ann Landers: I have to agree with the letter from Richard Notebaert, chairman and CEO of Ameritech, who said that consumers should always examine their phone bills carefully.
When my husband looked at our last long-distance bill, he became unglued. The total was $111.58. Upon scrutinizing the figures, we discovered that 25-cent calls were billed at $2.50. The decimals were in the wrong place throughout the entire column. Our long-distance company corrected the bill, and the final total was only $23.40.
I wonder how many people have paid an incorrect bill without checking its accuracy. As Notebaert pointed out, there is no substitute for your own vigilance. — Huntsville, Texas
Dear Huntsville: Something tells me a lot of people are going to be looking at their phone bills more carefully from now on. I know I am. In fact, it's a good idea to look more carefully at ALL of your bills. I would be interested in hearing what mistakes my readers have found.
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