Prescribing drugs

Prescribe a drug from the drug list

  1. Go to the Drug name box (Orange) on the Script Tab (ALT + [s])
  2. Type part of the drugs brand or generic name into Drug box. Press [Enter] to initiate a search. ‚ (Learn more about searching for drugs)
  3. Select the desired drug / instruction and press [Enter]
  4. Complete or update the instructions (Sig)
  5. Complete or update the amount and unit to dispense(Mitte)
  6. Select options for separate pages from the drop-down list if required (see Single Page Options below).
  7. Enter the number of repeat s required
  8. Enter any endorsement required in the next line.
  9. Press [Prescribe]

Prescribe a manually entered drug

  1. Go to the Drug name box (Orange) on the Script Tab (ALT + [s])
  2. Type the full name of the drug and strength into Drug box. Press [Tab] to continue.
  3. Complete the instructions (Sig)
  4. Complete the amount and unit to dispense(Mitte)
  5. Select options for separate pages from the drop-down list if required (see Single Page Options below).
  6. Enter the number of repeat s required
  7. Enter any endorsement required in the next line.
  8. Press [Prescribe]

Prescribe from the regular medications list

  1. Double click on the regular medication in the list to prescribe the drug without alterations.

Prescribe a modified regular medication

  1. Click on the regular medication in the list,
  2. Complete or update the instructions (Sig)
  3. Complete or update the amount and unit to dispense(Mitte)
  4. Select options for separate pages from the drop-down list if required (see Single Page Options below).
  5. Enter the number of repeat s required
  6. Enter any endorsement required in the next line.
  7. Press [Prescribe]

Prescribe from the old notes medications list

  1. Double click on the prescription in the old notes to re-prescribe the drug without alteration.

Prescribe from the Script History 

  1. Click on the Script History Tab (at the side of the Script Tab)
  2. Double click on the prescription in the script history to re-prescribe the drug without alteration.

Interaction and contraindication checks:

You will receive an alert if your chosen drug belongs to the same drug class as one that potentially interacts with another drug in this patient’s regular drug list.

You will receive an alert if your chosen drug belongs to the same drug class as one that is contraindicated with a condition in the problem list (including pregnancy and breastfeeding).

Press [Yes] to continue with the prescription or [No] to select another drug.

Drug Interaction

n.b. Set your preferences in the Staff Editor to determine which severity, action required and evidence level is required to trigger an alert.

Single Page Options

Select a different page letter from the popup list to print items on separate pages:

  • Select Page A, B, C or D for items to be printed together. Use separate pages for items that may be presented separately to chemists.
  • Select H for items requiring Hospital Pharmacy dispensing

Other print options in this popup include:

  • Select O (for oral contraceptives) to print on the script.
  • Select G to print the appropriate information for green prescriptions.
  • Select X for items that you do not want to print (e.g. restricted schedule items, injections given, nebulised medication given).

You can save these print options for individual drugs in the Edit Drug Screen.

These options are saved with regular drugs.

Prescription Codes

Prescriptions are annotated with a code indicating the patient’ chemist co-payment category.

If your practice has a Low Access capitation contract you must indicate this in your practice settings. Select Our Practice(s) from the Tools menu. Select your practice from the results and press OK. In the Settings tab, enter the Value Y next to the Low Access Practice setting.