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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 It might be outdated or ideologically biased.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.

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Prescribing quality is an important cognitive factor for determining the wellbeing of elderly population while increased demand of an effective prescribing is a challenge for primary health care practitioners.1 Polypharmacy in elderly is a common clinical practice because they have several concomitant diseases.
[8] It also leads to increased incidence of prescribing errors (those related to drug interactions).
Changing Australia's framework of prescribing medicine should mean giving patients access to "the right person with the appropriate skill set available in the right setting at the right time."
In addition to the matters outlined above, Is the critical requirement by Australian government health departments for non-medical prescribing to be cost-effective and of benefit to the whole community.
However, "our results are consistent with recent analyses that linked federal or state physician payment records with Medicare Part D prescribing data," and with smaller studies, they said.
Similar prescribing trends for analgesics have been observed in India9, Nepal10, Rasht11, Albama.12
In our study, 71.4% medicine were prescribed from generic name prescribing by generic name is known to reduce the cost of drug treatment and rationalizing drug therapy.
A recent evaluation of prescribing for inpatients in two specific scenarios (urinary tract infections in patients without indwelling catheters and treatment with intravenous vancomycin) identified that antibiotic use could have been improved in 37% of cases (9).
The DEA has approved several organizations as third-party certifiers for system compliance for electronic prescribing of controlled substances among e-prescribing software companies.
Diabetes nurse specialist (DNS) prescribing has the potential to increase accessibility and services to people with diabetes, help alleviate some of the pressure on the health service, and provide a more holistic model of care (Latter, Maben, Myall, Young, & Baileff, 2012; Wilkinson, Carryer, & Adams, 2013).
However, medicine is often described not as a science, but as an "art of healing" --literally translated from Latin "ars medicinae" Therefore, as artists tend to resist censorship, so doctors tend to fight against some legislative decrees that seem to them as a barrier to their freedom of prescribing [2].