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a. written instructions from a physician, dentist, etc., to a pharmacist stating the form, dosage strength, etc., of a drug to be issued to a specific patient
b. the drug or remedy prescribed
2. (of drugs) available legally only with a doctor's prescription
a. written instructions from an optician specifying the lenses needed to correct defects of vision
b. (as modifier): prescription glasses
4. Law
a. the uninterrupted possession of property over a stated period of time, after which a right or title is acquired (positive prescription)
b. the barring of adverse claims to property, etc., after a specified period of time has elapsed, allowing the possessor to acquire title (negative prescription)
c. the right or title acquired in either of these ways



written instructions from a physician to a pharmacy for the preparation and issuance of a medicine and also containing directions on how to administer the medicine. Prescriptions are written according to definite forms and rules. A simple prescription is written for a single medicinal substance, and a compound prescription is written for a medicine that consists of two or more ingredients. A prescription is a legal document, since it makes it possible to verify whether a medicine has been prepared correctly.

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Primary care doctors were more likely to prescribe the lower-cost option --possibly because they see a wider variety of patients than endocrinologists do, including many who don't have a severe form of diabetes.
And they are afraid of what might happen if they prescribe opioids to the wrong people, for the wrong reasons, or in the wrong quantities.
Those already in the NP scope who do not have prescribing rights will have a condition included in their scope of practice that they can't prescribe.
The profession had worked very hard to get to this point and NPs would prescribe "cautiously and wisely".
The sixth competency identifies the following as essential skills: uses professional judgment to prescribe; collaborates and consults with the client, family, and other health professionals over prescribing; prescribes within legislative framework; understands use, implications, contra-indications and interactions of prescription medication; understands age related implications of medications; evaluates the effectiveness of the client's response; demonstrates an ability to limit and manage adverse reactions; recognises situations of drug misuse; and understands the regulatory framework of prescribing.