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Appendix A Glossary

TermDefinition
Brand-Name Drug A drug that is covered by a patent and is therefore only available from a single manufacturer.
Chain Pharmacy A pharmacy that is part of a large number of corporately owned pharmacies that use the same name and carry similarly branded OTC products
Generic Drug A drug that is no longer covered by a patent and is therefore generally available from multiple manufacturers, usually resulting in a significant reduction in cost.
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Federal legislation enacted to establish guidelines for the protection of patients' private health insurance.
Intravenous Injected directly into a vein and therefore immediately available to act in the body.
Metabolism The breakdown of medication in the body.
National Drug Code (NDC) A unique number assigned to each drug, strength, and package size fro the purpose of identification.
Purchase Order A document executed by a purchaser and forwarded to a supplier that is considered a legal offer to buy products or services.
STAT Abbreviation of the Latin word statim, meaning immediately; commonly used on medication orders to indicate the need for the drug right away.
Stock Rotation Placing the products that will expire the soonest in front of the shelf or bin and those with later expiration dates behind them.
Sublingual Placed under the tongue, where it dissolves and is absorbed into the blood-stream.
Unit Dose A single or individually packaged medication in a ready-to-administer form for the patient.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) The federal agency that administers and enforces federal laws for controlled substances and illegal substances such as narcotics and other dangerous drugs. The DEA is part of the U.S. Department of Justice.
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