Medications List

The Medications master list contains all medications (generic and brand name) that can be added to a patient's chart.

To open the list, in the Main Menu, click Lists, Medications, or double-click the Chart Medical, select the Medications tab and click Add Medication.

All Medications Tab

This tab lists all medications that have been entered, both generic and brand name.

Add Generic: Add a generic medication. Generic medications must be added before associated brand names can be entered.

Add Brand: Add a brand name medication. You must first select the associated generic medication.

Search: Filter the list of medications by drug name. As you enter characters matching results will show.

Import: Import a list of medications that was exported from Open Dental. Alternatively, a tab delimited txt file can be imported if using the following format. No header row, four columns: Drug Name, Generic Name, Blank Column, RxNorm Number.

Export: Export the medications list to a txt file.

All Medications grid: Medications are sorted alphabetically by default. To change the sort order, click on a column header.

To add or edit a medication:

  1. To add a generic medication, click Add Generic. To add a brand name, select the generic medication, then click Add Brand. To edit an existing medication, double click it.
  2. RxNorm: Click [...] to associate the medication with a normalized RxNorms drug name. For EHR, all medications in your list should be attached to an RxNorm so that the medication, and any allergies to this medication, show on EHR Summaries of Care.

  3. Drug Name: Enter the drug name as it will show in the master list.

  4. Generic Name: Enter the associated generic drug name. When entering a brand name drug this field is auto-filled with the generic name.

  5. Notes: Only allowed on generic medications. Every medication should have a note, no matter how short. They usually consist of the therapeutic category, and any precautions or interactions to be aware of. All medications attached to the generic medication will show the same note.
  6. Click OK to save.

Entering medications into the list will take a little extra time at first. It helps to divide the task among the assistants and the dentists. The assistants can look up the medication, ensure that the spelling is correct, and enter the generic and brand names. But they should not enter in any notes. Notes should only be entered by a dentist.

Dependencies: Click a dropdown to quickly view associated information about this drug.

Delete: Remove the medication from the master list. Medications in use by a patient, in the Allergy List, or as an EHR indicator cannot be deleted.

Missing Generic/Brand Tab

This tab shows for United States only. The medications in this list are imported from Legacy eRx, not created in Open Dental, and have likely been created in the Legacy eRx interface. This list will be empty if Legacy eRx has not been used.

To convert a medication to generic:

  1. Select the drug description, then click Convert to Generic.
  2. In the Edit Medication window, enter the medication details.
  3. Click OK to save.

To convert a medication to brand:

  1. On the All Medications tab, select a generic drug description.
  2. Click the Missing Generic/Brand tab. Select the drug to convert.
  3. Click Convert to Brand.
  4. In the Edit Medication window, enter the medication details.
  5. Click OK to save.