What Is a Prescription?

A prescription is a written order of a physician that can only be read by a pharmacist and another physician. It is where the doctor places their instruction regarding the medication of the patient. The prescription is only released when a patient has gotten a consultation from a doctor. It contains the list of medicines and the way it will be taken by the patient.

How to Make a Prescription

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A doctor's prescription is helpful for patients because they will serve as their guide for how to take their medications. As for doctors, making their own prescriptions will be difficult since they are always busy tending their patients. Still, they need to have one because it is helpful and required. Here are the steps in making a sample sheet for a prescription:

1. Doctor and Patient's Information

The doctor's name, address, and phone number should be written or printed on the outline of the prescription. You can also include your doctor's state license number if you want. On the other side, the patient's complete name, address, contact number, age, and weight should be included.

2. Superscription

This is one of the main factors needed to be included in a prescription. All prescriptions should have the Rx symbol. This is an abbreviation of a Latin phrase that means, 'take thou'.

3. Inscription

The inscription part is where the medications are written. You need to write carefully the drug name, concentration, and type of preparation. The names should not be abbreviated and should be in the correct spelling to avoid the pharmacist giving the patient the wrong medicine. As for the concentration and preparation, it should be written carefully as well and you need to use the metric system in writing the measurements and weights.

4. Subscription

Subscription is where the instructions of the doctor to the pharmacist is written. Also, it needs to be written carefully to not to confuse the pharmacists. The doctor should write the instructions on how the patient will take the pill or syrup. It can be written in Latin or English abbreviations for better instructions that will be interpreted by the pharmacists to the patient. Your instructions should be clear and specific because poor instructions will lead to wrong compliance and improper taking of the medicines.

5. Refill and Substitute

Refill is the basic checklist where the doctor provides the number of refills the patient should complete on their cycle of treatment. The substitution determines whether the physician will allow the pharmacist to give a substitute for the prescribed medicine. This is for the benefit of the patient for them to purchase the generic form of the drug.

6. Signature and Date

The signature is the indication that the prescription is legal. You need to sign and write your degree to finalize the formal document. Never forget to include the date you issued the prescription to your patient. This will be useful for both you and the patient so that you can easily track when you give the prescription.

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