To begin with, it must be borne in mind that only some health professionals are legally authorized to write a prescription, such as doctors, dentists or podiatrists. Also veterinarians can prescribe medications, provided they are for veterinary use.

To make a prescription correctly, the healthcare professional will have to make an effective document, without any risk, always respecting the preferences of the patient, who will be the one who will ultimately decide whether or not to use the prescription.

What is a prescription

A prescription or medical prescription is defined as a legal document, made by a qualified health professional, which enables a patient to obtain certain medication in a pharmacy.

The exact content of a recipe is indicated in Royal Decree 1718/2010, although it can be summarized in a simple and understandable way for anyone who wants to have this information.

Parts of a prescription

The recipe document consists of two parts:

• Body of the recipe. It is the part destined for the pharmacist, the one that contains all the necessary information so that the patient can get the medication.

• Information sheet for the patient. It can be included within the prescription or it can be another separate document. This page lists the necessary information for the patient, regarding treatment and diagnosis, detailing all prescribed medications and products.

Details of a prescription

Within the prescription document, there are some essential and mandatory requirements for it to be valid and for the pharmacist to dispense the prescribed medication.

• Drug data. Obviously, the prescription must include the trademark of the drug or its active ingredient. In addition, other data will have to appear regarding the medication, such as the dosage, the pharmaceutical form, the route of administration, the format, the number of containers required and the posology. Some of these elements are generated automatically when the recipe is electronic, so they will only be required to be filled in in the case of manual recipes.

•Patient's data. The prescription will also have to carry the patient's data, such as the name, with both surnames, and the year of birth; and the patient's personal identification code if it is a public healthcare prescription. If it is a prescription for private medical assistance, the patient's DNI or NIE will have to appear, or a legal guardian in the case of minors.

• Doctor's information. For the document to be valid, it must contain all the information related to the doctor who writes the prescription. In addition to the full name with the surnames, the prescription must include the collegiate number, the town and the address where it works. It is vitally important that you stamp your personal signature on the prescription, or electronic signature in the case of electronic prescriptions; otherwise, the prescription will be invalid.

•Other data. Although they are not as relevant as the previous ones, the document must be marked with the date on which the prescription was made, the expected date to dispense the medication in case of chronic or renewable treatments, and the order number, also in case that it is a long-term treatment.

Nowadays, various platforms have been designed that allow or facilitate the treating physician, the prescription of drugs of any type, in each of their patients this is thanks to the e-prescribing network software, which through the placement of data The EPCS generates the ideal medical prescription for the patient, thus avoiding therapeutic errors, which could bring problems to the doctor

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A prescription or medical prescription is defined as a legal document, made by a qualified health professional, which enables a patient to obtain certain medication in a pharmacy.