TIPS FOR SAFE PRESCRIPTION WRITING**
1. Take time to write legibly.
2. Print if this would be more legible than handwriting.
3. Use a typewriter or computer if necessary. Prescriptions generated by computerbased electronic medical records will eliminate legibility problems.
4. Carefully print the order to avoid misreading. There are many “sound alike” drugs and medications that have similar spellings (ie, Celexa and Celebrex). For a more extensive list, see www.edrugbook.com.
5. Do not use these clinical abbreviations
McGraw-Hill Education; December 2013
384 pages; ISBN 9780071823579
UP-TO-THE-MINUTE COVERAGE OF MORE THAN 1,400 OF THE DRUGS MOST OFTEN USED IN CLINICAL PRACTICE!
Organized alphabetically by generic drug name
- Common uses, mechanisms of action, dosages (adult and pediatric), warnings/precautions, form supplied, and notes/common side effects
- Summaries of FDA “Black Box” precautions and contraindications
- Includes a list of the medications organized by drug classification
- Covers natural and herbal agents
- Updated to reflect new drugs, removal of drugs taken off the market, new formulations, and changes in approved use of existing medications