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Digital Prescription Pad Overview

What is the Digital Prescription Pad?

The Digital Prescription Pad is used to create your electronic prescriptions.

It is recommended to fill out the prescription pad from left to right.


Selected Drug and Strength

On the top left of the prescription pad, the selected drug and strength is indicated.

drug and strength

Dose Quantity Field

The left quantity field displays the amount a patient will take at one time. The default is 1. To change the dose select from the menu below the dose quantity field.

dose quantity

Form and Route

The Form field displays which form the medication will take (ex., Tablet or Capsule). The Route will display how the patient should take the medication (ex. by Mouth). These fields will auto-fill based on the drug and strength you previously selected.

form and route


DAW/DNS stands for Dispense as Written or Do Not Substitute. If the DAW/DNS box is checked, a prescription will be filled exactly how it is written, not substituting with a generic form. (Ex: Tylenol instead of Acetaminophen).


PRN Checkbox and Menu

This is only necessary for controlled substance prescriptions.

PRN stands for Pro Re Nata or Take as Needed. After clicking the PRN checkbox, select from the list of reasons the medication is being prescribed.



The frequency field displays how often the medication should be taken. Select the frequency from the list of options.


Additional Sig

The Additional Sig field will display additional text and instructions on the prescription’s label. (Ex. Take with food, or take four tabs before appt.)

additional sig
Quick Tip:
The field has a character limit of 140; abbreviate text as much as possible.

Pharmacist Message

The Pharmacist Message field sends information and instructions directly to the pharmacy. (Ex. Delay fill, or don’t use childproof caps)

pharmacist message
Quick Tip:
The pharmacist message will not appear on the prescription’s label.

Dispense Quantity Field

The dispense quantity field displays the total amount of medication given to the patient. The dose and frequency of the drug will be calculated, but the amount can be manually edited.

dispense quantity

Dispense Form

The dispense form field will display the drug’s form. This field is calculated based on what was previously chosen.

dispense form


The Refills displays how many refills of the prescription are allowed. The refills always default to zero.


Days Supply Calculator

Use the Days Suply Calculator to figure out dispense quantity amount for a daily frequency (ex., Daily or QID). Select the blue links to calculate dispense amount.

Quick Tip:
The Days Supply Calculator may not calculate appropriately if the frequency is in hours (ex. Q4-6h or Q8h). Confirm that the dispense quantity is entered correctly.
days supply

Packaging Options

The Packaging Options displays all options for how the medication can be dispensed. (Ex: 20 each BOTTLE or 15 ml BOTTLE)

Quick Tip:
Selecting a Packaging Option will adjust your Dispense Quantity.
packaging options

2ND Rx 90 Day

The 2nd Rx 90 Day checkbox will create a copy of the prescription with a 90 day supply. Upon clicking Save Rx, the prescription copy is added to the patient’s Pending Rx list.

2nd rx

Save Sig to Doctor’s List

Save Sig to Doctor’s List saves a prescription to a list of the doctor’s most commonly used prescriptions.

doctors list

Save Rx

Save Rx adds the medication to the patient’s Pending Rx list.

save rx


The Delete button removes the prescription from the patient’s pending list.


Leave Pending

Leave Pending will discard any changes made and place the prescription back into the patient’s Pending Rx list.

leave pending

Updated on August 9, 2022

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