we classify prescriptions is taking new shape, we may classify prescriptions
according to age or diagnosis both of which are determined by the prescriber.
After studying a number of prescriptions, I found a new way we can classify
prescriptions I thought it would be interesting to share. If you are new in the
pharmacy grab, a pen and piece of paper, we are going to learn something new.
- Handwritten prescriptions
of us are familiar with these types of prescriptions; they are straightforward and
easy to interpret. For someone new these can be trouble at first but with two
three prescriptions they are good to go.
you are not sure or you are unable to construe whatever the physician
prescribed, confirm first with your colleagues, a prescription can be hard to
interpret even for a pharmacist who has dispensed more than 20 years. For a
case like this, and when you are alone it is advisable for you to call the
prescriber to be super sure.
you are used to handwritten prescriptions these might confuse a little, if you
have handled a number of them you will understand what that can be. The best
part is you will have no trouble interpreting these type of prescriptions because
they are comprehensible compared to the scribbled handwritten ones.
only trouble you will have on this is maybe the dosages and frequencies, if you
are not sure just as the handwritten ones call the prescriber before
us call them that for now; I will come up with a new name with time. So what
are “ghost prescriptions”? These are prescriptions with no name of patient, no
prescriptions information, no date and that all. The prescriber probably was in
a rush and just went straight to prescribing medications.
you are able to interpret the prescription and you are very sure what you are
about to give is correct, all you need to do is confirm the age of the person
taking then advice accordingly. Refer back to the prescriber if you are not
- Text message prescriptions
are prescriptions send via text messages for various reasons;
person prescribing is very far and is not possible for the prescriber and
patient to meet for a hard copy prescription,
- The person buying the medicines forgot to
carry the prescription to the pharmacy so he asks someone to send what is
written on the prescription
friend recommends some medicine that worked well for them.
text prescriptions, you can choose not to dispense depending with what the
physician prescribed. For instance for a drug that is controlled you are never
sure the prescriber is legit.
- Email or WhatsAppprescriptions
are prescriptions send digitally via whatsapp or email usually scanned or a pic
taken with a smartphone and send to the person dispensing.
is either a handwritten prescription or a printed prescription is send electro nically.
Always confirm with the sender that what they send is the right prescription
and it is up to date.