A Cure For Illegible Prescriptions
A prescription must be legibly written, is the advice given to prescribers by the British National Formulary.
In the practice of their profession, pharmacists are confronted with a large number of prescriptions which are scrawled or scribbled perfunctorily to the disadvantage of patients and pharmacists.
Pharmacists have to fight shy of dispensing any drug which in their judgement is a dispensing hazard due to being illegible written. They refer the prescription back to the precriber for clarification.
Patients complain that they have to go back to the consulation room for verification.
One of the rights of the patient is the right to get and have a legibly written presciption for their consultation fee.
Pharmacists fear to dispense illegible prescriptions to avoid prosecuution. The blame for the wrong drug dispensed is put on the pharmacist.