Figure 3-2. Sample prescription.
c. Patient Information and Date. A prescription should include the date and
the patient's full name, age, and organization or address. The patient's age is
particularly important if the patient is a child or if a strong dose is prescribed.
d. Dose and Amount of Drug. A prescription should include the dose and the
total amount of drug to be dispensed. The generic name or a suitable brand name may
be used. When narcotics, barbiturates, and other substances that may be hazardous
are prescribed, the total amount should be limited to that required for the immediate
course of treatment.
e. Direction for Use. A prescription should include directions for use. Oral
instructions must be confirmed on the prescription. A statement such as "use as
directed" should not be used unless written instructions have been provided for the
f. Prescriber Information. A prescription must include the signature and social
security number of the dental officer.