5 Innovative Ways to Classify Prescriptions in Modern Pharmacy

Types of prescription

As the field of pharmacy evolves, so too does the way in which prescriptions are classified. Traditionally, prescriptions were classified based on factors such as age or diagnosis, as determined by the prescriber. However, after studying a number of prescriptions, I have discovered a new method for classifying prescriptions that I believe could be beneficial to share.

  1. Handwritten prescriptions:

These types of prescriptions are likely the most familiar to most of us. They are straightforward and easy to interpret, although for someone new to the field, they may pose some challenges at first. However, with just a few prescriptions under your belt, you will become more comfortable reading and interpreting them. If you are ever unsure of what a physician has prescribed, it is always best to first consult with your colleagues.

Even for a pharmacist or a pharm tech with 20+ years of experience, a prescription can be hard to interpret at times. In these cases, it is advisable to call the prescriber to clarify any confusion.

  1. Printed prescriptions:

 These types of prescriptions may take some getting used to if you are more accustomed to handwritten prescriptions. However, they are generally more comprehensible than scribbled handwritten prescriptions.

The only challenge you may face with printed prescriptions is interpreting dosages and frequencies. If you are ever unsure, it is best to call the prescriber for clarification before dispensing the medication.

  1. “Ghost prescriptions”:

This is a term I am using to describe prescriptions that have no patient name, no prescriber information, no date, and so on.

These types of prescriptions are likely the result of a rushed prescriber who went straight to prescribing medications without including all the necessary information.

If you are able to interpret the prescription and are confident in what you are about to dispense, all you need to do is confirm the age of the person taking the medication and advise accordingly. However, if you are not comfortable, it is best to refer back to the prescriber.

  1. Text message prescriptions:

These types of prescriptions are sent via text message for a variety of reasons, such as a prescriber being located far away from the patient, a patient forgetting to bring a prescription to the pharmacy, or a friend recommending a medication that worked well for them.

For text message prescriptions, it is important to exercise caution and confirm that the prescriber is legitimate, especially for controlled drugs.

  1. Email or WhatsApp prescriptions:

These types of prescriptions are sent digitally via WhatsApp or email, usually as a scanned or photographed copy. They may be either a handwritten prescription or a printed prescription sent electronically.

It is important to confirm with the sender that the prescription is correct and up to date before dispensing any medication.

In conclusion, as the field of pharmacy evolves, so too does the way in which prescriptions are classified. By understanding the different types of prescriptions and the potential challenges that may arise, pharmacists and pharmaceutical technologists can ensure they are providing accurate and safe care to their patients.

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