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rx prescription term

Box 11.1, Ch 11, comp 18, pharm tech

Superscription Rx symbol; contraction of the Latin verb recipe, meaning "take this drug". It is used in the heading on a prescription and usually precedes the inscription
Rx symbol Has come to represent prescription and the pharmacy
Inscription Contains the medication name, dosage form, strength, and quantity
If pharmacy receives a prescription for a non-sterile or sterile compound the medication or ingredient is listed by it's nonproprietary, or generic, name and the quantities listed should be listed using the metric system
Subscription Consists of directions to the pharmacist or pharmacy technician on how to compound a prescription; subscription won't appear on prescription if compounding isn't required
Signatura (Signa or Sig) Is a Latin expression meaning to "write on label", it is the instruction to the patient on how to take the prescribed medication; tells patient how much, when, and how long to take the medication
Sig directions Are written using English or Latin abbreviations and are transcribed by the pharmacist or technician when this info is entered into the pharmacy's computer system
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