Monday, March 3, 2014
The medical council and healthcare government bodies on Friday released guidelines for doctors to write prescriptions. The sweeping guidelines are a welcome relief and will help reduce errors. Also they give a push to using technology to better comply with these standards and improve overall patient care.
The new guidelines include more information about the prescribing doctor, prescribed drugs and also patient information. Important parameters like the patients’ weight and age will help pharmacists also catch any errors at their end.
Prescription rules prepared by the Indian FDA on the basis of the Drug & Cosmetics Act suggest a uniform format, and advise writing or printing Drug Names in capital letters and also generic names of drugs as much as possible.
Using prescription software with basic patient information and pre-entered drug database will increase the doctor’s productivity in preparing such prescriptions and minimize errors during writing.
Below is the first look at the actual printed guidelines as shared with Doctors.