The Pharmaceutics and Compounding Laboratory
Prescriptions and Medication Orders

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this exercise, you should be able to:

  • Identify the required elements of a prescription.
  • Review a prescription for completeness and legality; identify incomplete or missing information.
  • Differentiate between prescriptions and medication orders.
  • Read, interpret, and translate into English any prescription or medication order written in Latin or other common abbreviations.
  • Identify at least six steps in preparing and dispensing extemporaneous prescriptions required to ensure that the patient receives the correct dose of the prescribed medication.
  • Describe prescription labeling requirements.
  • Produce an appropriate prescription label.