Computer-generated, flawlessly legible prescription for a topical steroid lotion ----
Rinse mouth twice daily.
Entered, prepared by my technician and presented to me for the final check. Of course, there's something wrong here. The doctor is called and seems flabbergasted: "But the directions just popped up like that! Can you get someone to fix that?"
Oh, no problem then... if the directions just "pop up" (which I seriously doubt) then that completely absolves you of any responsibility to actually READ what is on this prescription you are sending to the pharmacy.
Later, another e-prescription for Cefzil. Helpfully listed on one corner of the prescription are the patient's drug allergies/"adverse drug reactions": CEPHALOSPORINS.
Patient confirms this was an honest-to-goodness allergy, producing hives.
Again, the doctor wails, "Why didn't it (ie., a warning) pop up when I entered it?"
So apparently this prescriber's practice is governed by the "pop-up." I cannot convey my irritation at having to sit on the phone and track down someone, anyone, to clarify these prescriptions. COMPLETE waste of my time. I still wonder if these electronic prescriptions are worth it when prescribers don't check it for accuracy and don't know how to customize it or alter the directions so they make some kind of sense. Please, PLEASE read the thing. Just because it comes out of a computer doesn't mean it's perfect.
I really don't want to bring back those horrific hand-written prescriptions, but some days I just have to wonder.