Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Object Class
METeOR identifier:600233
Registration status:Commonwealth Department of Health, Standard 17/12/2015

An order for medication, therapy or therapeutic device given by a properly authorised person, which ultimately goes to a person properly authorised to dispense, supply or perform the order (in most situations, a pharmacist).

A prescription is usually in written form (either handwritten or computer generated); can be phoned or faxed; and includes the patient's name and address, the date, the medication prescribed either as approved or generic name or as a proprietary name (or trademark); directions to the pharmacist, whether it is acceptable to dispense a generic equivalent, directions to the patient that must appear on the label, prescriber's signature and an identifying prescriber number.

Specialisation of:Service/care event

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Department of Health
Origin:Harris P, Nagy S, Vardaxis N (Editors) 2010. Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions, 2nd Australian and New Zealand Edition. NSW: Mosby Elsevier, page 1404.

Relational attributes

Data Element Concepts implementing this Object Class:

Prescription—repeat prescription indicator Commonwealth Department of Health, Standard 17/12/2015