Prescribing Drugs

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Meddbase has a built-in central drugs database containing over 70,000 drug products and packs.

Our Central drug database is updated monthly ensuring that the system is completely up to date.

Meddbase caters for both acute prescriptions and repeat prescriptions and covers all compliance around drug prescribing. Acute and repeat prescriptions are logged against the patient record although all repeat prescriptions must be accompanied with a review date and repeat duration.

If a review date is past, a clinician must re-authorise the prescription before it can be given to the patient. Meddbase will cross check the patient record regarding drug to drug interactions, cautions and product warnings, contraindications, adverse drug reactions, side-effects and performs dosage checks, and will warn you prior to prescribing by displaying an on screen alert.

Prescriptions can only be created via the clinical form and will only be provided to customers subscribing to the prescription service.

To prescribe from the patient’s consultation, you simply need to click the button at the bottom of the clinical form.

A prescription pop-up will appear and allow you to select a drug. Typing the first 3 letters of the relevant drug will generate a series of search results for you to scroll through, or you can continue to type for less results. 

Once the chosen drug selected, the available dosages will appear on the left hand side in yellow. Clicking on this will add this to the prescription. Choose the method, which again will pop up with options once the 1st 3 letters are typed.

Route of administration is a drop down box and has all the options available based on the Drugs Database.

Choose 'Acute' for one off prescriptions, or repeat if multiple courses will be required.

Duration should be in the format of the number then either d, w, or m. i.e. 1d = 1 Day, 2m = 2 Months, 6w = 6 Weeks. (A review date is also required if this is a repeat prescription.)

Comment (internal) is for your use, while comments (for Pharmacist) will appear on the Prescription.

If the patient is currently on any medication that may mean this prescription has an adverse effect, then there will be a pop-up warning given.

Clicking save and print will add the prescription to the patient’s medical record, and allow you to print to your currently installed printer.

If you wish to add multiple items to the prescription, then follow the same process but click Save, then continue to follow the same process. A list of prescribed drugs will be built up at the bottom of the consultation and you can then click print and all of these will be produced on one prescription.