Paper Prescriptions / New Rx

Paper prescriptions can be written and printed in Open Dental. Print one prescription per page or print several prescriptions on one page.

Setup:

Create a New Prescription

  1. In the Chart Module toolbar, click New Rx. Or on the Rx Manage window, click New Rx.
  2. (Optional) Filter the Prescriptions list by drug name and/or dispensed amount. Enter search parameters in either or both fields. Check Controlled Only to limit results to prescriptions marked as controlled substances. Click Search or press Enter to refresh the list.
  3. Double click on a prescription template that is close to your requirements, or click Blank to start with an empty prescription. The Blank button is not available if EHR is turned on.

    Note: If Drug Interaction Alerts are triggered, a pop up will display the alert message. Click Cancel to select a different prescription template. Click OK to proceed.


  4. Enter or change prescription information as needed.
    • Date: Defaults to today.
    • Controlled Substance: Check this box to display the provider's DEA# on the printed prescription. Edit Provider Window
    • Is Proc Required: Check this box to require an associated procedure when printing. Select a procedure from the dropdown. See Procedure Required on Prescription section below for setup.
    • Days of Supply: Required by some states. Enter the number of days this prescription will last. Also available as an output text field on Rx / Single Prescription Layout sheets.
    • Notes: This is only for your use and not designed to go on the patient prescription.
    • eRx Pharmacy Info: Informational field that automatically populates with the pharmacy name when electronic prescriptions are received. This helps verify the correct clinic is selected.
    • Pharmacy: Click Pick to select a pharmacy from the Pharmacies List if the prescription is called in.
    • Send Status: Choose the status of the selected prescription. Options include Unsent, InElectQueue, SentElect, Printed, Faxed, CalledIn, GaveScript, Pending.
  5. Click OK to save without printing. Click Print to save and print it to the default printer for single prescriptions (Printer Setup and Troubleshooting). To print multiple prescriptions on one page, see Rx Manage.

The Rx sheet set as the default for the Rx sheet type will be used to print single prescriptions. See Setting Default Sheets.

Saved prescriptions will be added to the patient's Progress Notes in the Chart Module and to the patient's medication list. Prescriptions are not previewed before printing, thus they can not be digitally signed or changed before printing. To edit a prescription, double click it then reprint it.

Below is an example of the print layout for the internal Rx sheet (one prescription printed per page). Note that the Generic Substitution Permitted check box in the internal sheet is always checked. To remove the check mark, customize the sheet.

For preprinted forms, we recommend FormSource to have good service and reliability. See their Open Dental Health Care Form Price List. See also Vendors: Printing.

Procedure Required on Prescription

Some states require an associated procedure show on their printed prescriptions. Each of the following steps must be completed to activate the preference.

  1. Enable the preference behavior. This preference is disabled by default.
    1. Click Lists, Prescriptions.
    2. Check Procedure code required on some prescriptions to enable the subsequent preferences.
  2. Enable the preference for each Clinic.
    1. In the main menu, click Lists, Clinics, then double click to open the Edit Clinic Window.
    2. Proc code required on Rx from this clinic to enable the preference on the clinic level.
  3. Enable the preference for each Rx template. This will check the Is Proc Required preference automatically in the Edit Rx window each time the drug is prescribed.
    1. In the main menu, click Lists, Prescriptions.
    2. Double-click the prescription to open the Edit Rx Template window.
    3. Check Is Proc Required for this drug.
  4. Enable the preference for an individual Rx.
    1. In the Chart module, click New Rx.
    2. Check Is Proc Required if it is not already enabled at the template level.

Select a procedure from the dropdown, enter Days of Supply, and click Print.

See Automation for options available when creating a prescription.

Audit Trail

Any time a prescription is created, edited, deleted, or printed, a log is created in the audit trail. Users must have the RxCreate security permission to create new prescriptions and the RxEdit permission to change or delete prescriptions.

To view an audit trail of changes made to a selected prescription only, double click an existing prescription in the Progress Notes, then click Audit Trail on the Edit Rx window.