What is a prescription?
A prescription is a legal document, and therefore must have certain information contained on it to make it such. The following components must be on a prescription:
- Date the prescription was written
- Name and address of the patient
- Name of drug or drug product
- Strength of drug and dosage form
- Route of administration
- Quantity to be dispensed
- Instructions for use
- Number of refills, if any
- The prescriber’s name and phone number
- The prescriber’s signature
How long is a prescription valid for?
The prescription is valid for 1 year from the date that it was written.
Can I photocopy my prescription for personal use?
No. A prescription can not be copied unless done so by a pharmacist. The pharmacist must place appropriate stamps and notes on a copied prescription and sign the copy.
The doctor wrote the prescription on a large piece of paper, can I trim the edges?
No. The paper the doctor wrote on should not be altered in any way. The prescription is your doctor’s communication to the pharmacist.
The doctor made a mistake, can I write on my prescription or cross something out if I don’t need it?
No. If there is a mistake, notify the pharmacist and they will contact the doctor to have it corrected. Altering a legal document, such as a prescription is considered forgery.