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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
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



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.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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A second proposal to enable nurses in community and outpatient settings to prescribe a limited number of medicines for minor ailments and illnesses was also well received.
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Yet, says Morris, "to truly prescribe, a doctor needs not only this diagnostic information, but other information--medication history, psychosocial assessment, height and weight, lab results, and other data." So, a significant level of integration, or data sharing, between the EHR and the e-prescribing systems is essential.
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Closer to home, the Australian Psychological Society has recently completed a survey amongst members and developed a proposal for psychologists to prescribe. In light of these developments, and the Ministry of Health initiated discussion of collaborative prescribing, it seemed pertinent that New Zealand psychologists review their position on this issue.
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Minnesota's state employee health plan requires that, by 2009, all network pharmacies must accept e-prescribing, and by 2011 all network providers must prescribe electronically.

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