instructions governing the plan of care for an individual patient, often written authorization to obtain a drug from a pharmacist

A prescription (℞) is a message given by a doctor to a patient saying what to do. It may say to get special medicine that is only for people with a prescription. Those drugs are often very strong, and they cannot be bought normally from a pharmacy as you could with over-the-counter drugs. Some prescription drugs, for example Oxycontin or Hydrocodone, are used illegally to become intoxicated. Using prescription drugs illegally may result in drug addiction, illness, and death.

Prescription symbol

Prescriptions were written on paper. Now most of them are sent electronically. This is quicker. It also means there are not so many mistakes.[1]


  1. Wickware, Carolyn. "Electronic prescribing system cuts dispensing errors by almost half in one trust". The Pharmaceutical Journal. Retrieved 2023-02-05.