How 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.
1. Handwritten prescriptions
Most 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. If 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.
2. Printed prescriptions
When 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. The 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 dispensing.
3. “Ghost prescriptions”
Let 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 the patient, no prescriptions information, no date and that all. The prescriber probably was in a rush and just went straight to prescribing medications. If 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 advise accordingly. Refer back to the prescriber if you are not comfortable.
4. Text message prescriptions
These are prescriptions send via text messages for various reasons;
The 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
A friend recommends some medicine that worked well for them.
For 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.
5. Email or WhatsApp prescriptions
These are prescriptions send digitally via WhatsApp or email usually scanned or a pic taken with a smartphone and send to the person dispensing. This is either a handwritten prescription or a printed prescription is sent electronically. Always confirm with the sender that what they send is the right prescription and it is up to date.