Prescriptions

For such prescriptions to be accepted as a legal medical prescription, it needs to be filed by a qualified dentist, herbalist, nurse, pharmacist, physician, veterinarian etc., which falls within their remit to prescribe such treatments. This is regardless of whether they included controlled substances or freely available over-the-counter treatments. Prescriptions may be entered into an electronic medical record system and transmitted electronically to a pharmacy. The content of a prescription includes the name and address of the prescribing provider and any other legal requirement. Unique for each prescription is the name of the patient. The patient’s name and address must also be recorded. Each prescription is dated and some jurisdictions may place a time limit on the prescription. In the past, prescriptions contained instructions for the pharmacist to use for compounding the pharmaceutical product but most prescriptions now specify pharmaceutical products that were manufactured and require little or no preparation by the pharmacist. Prescriptions also contain directions for the patient to follow when taking the drug. These directions are printed on the label of the pharmaceutical product.