Module 4: Therapeutics

Lesson 3

Outpatient prescriptions

The following elements are required for prescriptions in outpatient settings:

  • Name, address, date of birth, and health care identification number
  • Name, address, telephone of prescriber and registration number
  • Generic name of the drug and strength
  • Dosage form (tablet, capsule, patch etc.), total number required
  • Frequency and route
  • Indication for use
  • Dispensing instructions
  • Number of pills
  • Dispensing interval
  • Additional instructions
  • Signature of prescriber and date

Collaboration with the staff at the identified pharmacy is always important when initiating a prescription for a CDS. Communication regarding the presence of a treatment agreement, prescription intent, and prescriber contact information is often appreciated by the dispensing pharmacist.

Note: In most jurisdictions, patients are required to have identification when picking up medication from the pharmacy.