|Title:||Compliance with good practice in prescription writing at outpatient clinics in Saudi Arabia|
Al Homrany, M.
Adjepon Yamoah, K.K.
|Abstract:||A sample of prescription orders received from outpatient departments by a hospital pharmacy in Asir, Saudi Arabia, were analysed over 1 year for the essential elements of prescriptions. The prescriber's name, address and signature were on 83.3%, 9.6% and 81.9% of prescriptions respectively. The patient's name, age and sex were on 94.6%, 77.3% and 51.3%. No prescription contained the patient's address and weight. Generic drug names were used in only 15.1% and strength of medication and dose units were included in 26.6% and 55.6% of prescriptions. Most prescriptions [94.0%] had no quantity indicated and had only partial instructions for patient use [90.7%]; the diagnosis was included in about two-thirds. The prescriber's handwriting was illegible in 64.3% of prescriptions. Measures to improve the situation are suggested|
Drug Utilization Review
Health Services Needs and Demand
Health Services Research
|Appears in Collections:||EMRO Journal Articles (EMHJ)|
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