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Rx - Medication References

The Rx Ability is able to pull information from the following References:

Medications can be added to the Medication (Custom) Reference manually or through the Medications Manager. The Medications (FDB) Reference is used with the ePrescribe ability and cannot be added to or have items removed. However, dosing and other information can be entered for usage in the Rx Ability. The Medication Route is a list that cannot be edited.

Medications (Custom)
The Medications (Custom) Reference is used to manually add a medication or edit an existing medication added through the Medications Manager. Within References > Medications (Custom), click the plus button to create a new record and enter a name for the medication. Additional information can be added in the Detail and Info tabs.

Detail Tab
The Detail tab sets a general description of the selected medication. This documentation breaks the Detail Tab into three parts:

  • Medication: the commercial name of the medication
  • PRN: Latin for "pro re nata"; indicates a medication should be taken as needed or as necessary
  • May Substitute: indicates a pharmacist may substitute a generic medication for a brand name one
  • Package Description: the package the medication comes in (box, bottle, etc.). This will pull from an NDC code once it is tied to your medication. 
  • Generic: the chemical name of the medicine; this name is the same despite the manufacturer
  • Classification: the method of delineating and categorizing the medication
  • Group: defines a group medications, such as Steroids
  • Take: the amount of medication per dose
  • Drug Form: the form of the medication, such as tablet, pill, capsule, etc.
  • Route: the manner in which the medication is taken, such as orally, via inhaler, etc.
  • Frequency: how often the medication is taken
  • Duration: how long the medication should be taken
  • Dispense: total amount of the medication to be prescribed
  • Refills: number of refills the pharmacist should allow
  • Additional Sig: special instructions for the patient or additional information regarding the prescription; will appear on the prescription label
  • Special Instructions/Note to Pharmacist: further information for the pharmacist regarding the prescription or patient; will not appear on the prescription label, but will appear on the printed prescription
  • RxNorm Code: used to search and tie the RxNorm code to the current medication
  • Dose Calculation: indicates the method of dose calculation; internal to MacPractice
  • Unit Qualifier: indicates the units for the overall prescription; internal to MacPractice
  • National Drug Code: used to search and tie the NDC number to the current medication
  • DEA Schedule: indicates the DEA Schedule: I, II, III, IV, V
  • Form: toggles the default paper form used for the medication
Info Tab 
The Info tab contains text boxes for more information on a selected medication, such as drug interactions, side effects, significance of the selected medication, and so on. These fields are informational only and are not used by the patient's pharmacy. 


Medications (FDB)
The Medications (FDB) Reference is used to manually add information for usage in the Rx Ability. Medications cannot be added or removed from this list, but default medication and dosing information can be added under the Detail, Dose, and Info tabs.
 
Detail Tab
The Detail tab sets a general description of the selected medication:
  • Brand and Dosagethe commercial name and strength of the medication; cannot be edited
  • Classification: the method of delineating and categorizing the medication
  • Generic: the chemical name of the medicine; cannot be edited
  • Group: defines a group medications, such as Steroids

Dose Tab
The Dose tab sets the default dosing information for usage in the Rx ability:

  • Take: the amount of medication per dose
  • Duration: how long the medication should be taken
  • Route: the manner in which the medication is taken, such as orally, via inhaler, etc.
  • Dose Calc: indicates the method of dose calculation; internal to MacPractice
  • Frequency: how often the medication is taken
  • Unit Qualifier: indicates the units for the overall prescription; internal to MacPractice
  • Dispense: total amount of the medication to be prescribed
  • Drug Form: the form of the medication, such as tablet, pill, capsule, etc.
  • Refills: number of refills the pharmacist should allow
  • National Drug Code: used to search and tie the NDC number to the current medication
  • RxNorm Code: used to search and tie the RxNorm code to the current medication
  • Form: toggles the paper form used for the prescription
  • May Substitute: indicates a pharmacist may substitute a generic medication for a brand name one
  • Freehand Sig: special instructions for the patient or additional information regarding the prescription; will appear on the prescription label
  • Special Instructions: further information for the pharmacist regarding the prescription or patient; will not appear on the prescription label, but will appear on the printed prescription

Info Tab
The Info tab contains text boxes for more information on a selected medication, such as drug interactions, side effects, significance of the selected medication, and so on. These fields are informational only and are not used by the patient's pharmacy.

Medication Route Reference
The Medication Route is a list of all medication routes and cannot be edited. The HL7 Route Code can be updated per the transfer needs of third party software.
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