Problem with product information in dosage instructions

Problem with product information in dosage instructions

Prescribers should not include product information within the dosage instructions.

Occasionally, prescribers include supplementary product information, for example a brand or manufacturer’s name or an indication that a sugar free or preservative free prescription is required as part of the dosage instructions rather than as part of the name of the prescribed product, for example:

10ml Hypromellose 0.3% Eye Drops Insert one drop into both eyes four Times a day Preservative-Free

Product information in an incorrect place: There is the risk that it will be missed by the patient/pharmacy. Furthermore with paper prescriptions it can easily be missed. With electronic prescriptions, pricing will be based on the product code of the prescribed product, therefore, supplementary product information included in the prescriber’s dosage instructions will not be considered when calculating payment.

Requesting prescription is re-issued: If prescriptions are received with supplementary product information in the dosage instructions, the prescriber should be contacted so that the item can be cancelled and a new prescription generated can be issued with the item described correctly (product information in main-name entry). There will be occasions where a prescriber cannot issue the prescription they wish via EPS for technical reasons. For example, this could occur if the product is not listed on the NHS medicinal item list (Dictionary of Medicines & Devices, dm+d) or if the prescribing system is not able to issue a prescription for the item because the supplier has not ‘mapped’ the appropriate codes. This is likely to affect less commonly prescribed items including products to be specially manufactured or extemporaneously dispensed products.

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