How do I send an e-prescription?

There are a number of ways to send a prescription:


Manually creating a prescription:

In order to manually create and send a prescription, follow the steps outlined below:

1. To begin, click on the ''Create New Prescription'' button.

2. Enter the first letters of the drug you wish to prescribe in the search field. The results will begin to auto‐populate within the drop‐down box.

3. Either select from the list or run the search to display the full results. 

4. Next, click on the desired strength as shown below, to launch the ''Prescribe Medication'' area.

5. Within the ''Prescribe Medication'' area, fill in the required fields as noted by the red asterisks. If you have prescribed the same medication in the past, you will notice that the sig fields are pre-populated as per your previous settings. If this is the first time you prescribe this medication, you'll have to enter new sig details.

6. Below is a description of all fields within the screen. To see the fastest way to enter the info, read this.

a. ''Patient Observation'' (Height and Weight) shows the patient’s/client's height and weight if they were recently observed. These values may be entered or edited on the screen. 

b. Verify that the ''Provider'' and ''Pharmacy'' fields are correct or use the corresponding drop-down menus to edit. 

c. Verify that the drug you have chosen is correct. Use the drop‐down menu to change the drug strength. 

d. Select the appropriate values from the drop‐down menus for the ''Sig'' details. The following are required:

  • Option A: Enter sig from drop-downs.
    • Amount
    • Type*
    • Frequency
    • Quantity
    • Refills
    • Duration is not required, even for controlled substances. If you pick a duration, this will automatically populate the quantity field. Note if a duration is chosen, the medication will be automatically removed from the patient’s/client's ''Active Medications'' list once the duration has passed. 
    • Enter the patient's/client's weight and select a desired dosage and frequency to use in the ''Dose Calculator" if desired.
    • The other fields are optional
    • When you renew this prescription, you will not have to type this info again
    • If you choose this option, DrFirst will be able to perform more safety checks and will show you fewer warnings (assuming clinically indicated)
    • *We have requested to DrFirst to make this field the same type as whatever the medication is that you have already selected; we will update this if they improve this functionality
  • Option B: free-text in "Additional Directions to patient"
    • When you renew this prescription, you will not have to type this info again
    • If you choose this option, you will see more warnings as DrFirst will inform you that it cannot perform certain cross-checks

e. If you have previously saved a note or created a billing statement, then the diagnosis code used will be available under  "Primary Diagnosis" and, if desired, "Secondary Diagnosis." This is useful for states that require a diagnosis to be attached to certain prescriptions.

f. Enter directions to the pharmacist, if desired. Substitutions are permitted by default.

g. Enter comments (for office use only), if desired.

7. Click the ''Review'' button to proceed to the ''Review Prescription'' screen. It is very important to review the prescription to ensure that all the information that was entered is correct.

8. To take immediate action on the prescription, type in your signature password, and click one of the four buttons on the bottom of the screen to transmit the prescription:

a. Send: Transmits the prescription to the pharmacy electronically. 

b. Send & Print: Transmits the prescription to the pharmacy electronically and prints out a watermarked (non‐legal) copy of the prescription for your records.

c. Print don’t Send: Prints the prescription without sending it to the pharmacy. This option may be used if the patient/client is unsure which pharmacy he or she would like to use. This is required for controlled substance prescriptions in some states. 

d. Sign don’t Send: Signs the medication and adds the medication to the patient’s/client's active medication list, but does not send a prescription to the pharmacy. This is useful if the patient/client was given a sample.

9. If you are sending a controlled substance, you will be prompted to enter your EPCS passphrase and token. Make sure to check the box next to each controlled substance you wish to send. If you can't enter your EPCS passphrase, double check to make sure you have checked at least one box.

That's it! If you have any questions, please contact us.

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