Elements of a Prescription

In order to safely communicate the exact elements desired on a prescription, the following items should be addressed:

A. The prescriber: Name, address, and phone number and associated practice/speciality

B. The client: Name, age, address and social security number

C. The prescription itself: Name of the medication (generic or trade); quantity to be dispensed (e.g., tablets or capsules, 1 vial, 1 tube, volume of liquid); the strength of the medication (e.g., 125-mg tablets, 250 mg/5 mL, 80 mg/1 mL, 10%); and directions for use (e.g., 1 tablet po t.i.d.; 2 gtt to each eye q.i.d.; 1 teaspoonful po q 8 hr for 10 days; apply a thin film to lesions b.i.d. for 14 days)

D. Other elements: Date prescription is written, signature of the provider, number of refills; provider number: state license number and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) number (when applicable); and brand-product-only indication (when applicable)

A typical prescription is depicted as follows:

A. Julia Bryan, DDS

Dental Care Associates 1611 Kirkwood Highway Wilmington, DE 19805 555-645-8261

Date: July 10, 2000

B. For: Kathryn Woods, Age 8

27 East Parkway Lewes, DE 19958 123-555-1234

C. Rx Amoxicillin 500 mg

Disp. 30

Sig: Take 1 cap 3x/day

□ Dispense as Written Provider signature

Substitution Allowed Provider/State license number

Interpretation of prescription: The above prescription is written by Dentist Julia Bryan for Kathryn Woods and is for amoxicillin suspension. The concentration desired is 500 mg. The directions for taking the medication are 1 cap by mouth every 8 hr for 10 days. The prescriber wants 30 capsules dispensed and there are no refills allowed.

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