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11th February 2017
Compulsory columns in a medical prescription
A prescription is an integral part of a consultation as it summarizes the instructions of the doctor to the patient. The Free Dictionary has defined a prescription as “a written directive, as for the compounding or dispensing and administration of drugs, or for other service to a particular patient” ( Handing over of the prescription by the doctor to the patient marks the conclusion of every consultation, be it a new consultation or a follow up visit.
A medical prescription traditionally enumerates the drugs that have been prescribed, along with directions for the patient to follow when taking the drug and the diagnosis. Some significant clinical findings may also be mentioned.
There are four parts of a typical prescription
  • Superscription: Indicated by the sign Rx meaning recipe, take
  • Inscription: This is the main part of the prescription, contains the names, doses and dosage forms of drugs ordered.
  • Subscription: Directions for compounding of drugs
  •  Signature: Instructs the patient about how to take the drugs prescribed and is preceded by the symbol S or Sig (signature - Latin)
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