This page answers the question, "What is a Prescription?"
A prescription (℞) is a written order by a physician or medical doctor to a pharmacist in the form of medication instructions for an individual patient.
It can also be defined as an order to take certain medications.
A prescription has legal implications; this means the prescriber must assume his responsibility for the clinical care of the patient.
Recently, the term “prescription” has known a wider usage being used for clinical assessments, laboratory tests or imaging studies.
Unfortunately many handwritten prescriptions are illegible. It is believed that illegible prescriptions kill more than 7,000 patients every year.
Physicians use many abbreviations derived from Latin phrases and these must be understood correctly by the pharmacist.
However, abbreviations should be used cautiously because many of them carry an increased risk for confusion.
There are also established conventions for prescription-writing, in order to avoid any misinterpretation. Some of these conventions are:
In case of an illegible handwritten prescription, the pharmacist or technician must contact the physician who wrote it for clarifications.
Another reason the pharmacist may want to contact the physician is in the case of suspected Forgery.
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