Is this common practice in writing orders? If so, why? For example: 3 mg coumadin 1/2 tab daily. Why doesn't it read, 1.5 mg coumadin daily? OR at least give the complete order: 3 mg coumadin 1/2 tab for a total of 1.5 mg daily? I would expect that there should never be a number present in an order for a nurse to read that is not being administered, when possible. I've seen this cause med errors on both the part of the nurse and the pharmacy.