Create a New Private Script
A private script is a prescription that is not subsidised by the Department of Health or another government body. No authority is required to prescribe as opposed to a PBS/RPBS script, which is covered in an article here.
To prescribe a new medication, follow these steps.
First open a Patient Record and click Clinical > Medications. A list of current and previously prescribed medications is available from this tab.
Click New Rx to bring up the New Script screen.
From the New Script screen, you are able to see a patient's demographic summary and allergies at a glance, and their medication history by clicking over the Rx History button.
Click the Search box and enter the first few letters of a medication name to bring up a list of prescribable medication and select the medication from the list.
Click the Tick-Box next to the medication you wish to prescribe, which will bring up the medication information in the field below. Any noteworthy interactions are visible from the top left under Interactions.
To view the Product Information (PI) or Consumer Medicines Information (CMI), click on CMI or PI, which will open in a popup window. You will need to have popups enabled in your browser for MediRecords to access this feature.
NOTE: PI and CMI is provided courtesy of the medication supplier. If the PI or CMI information is not available, please contact the supplier directly.
7. Click Next to proceed.
8. Enter in the Dose, Frequency, Food and Instruction, which will update the Medication Summary below the Patient Name.
9. To add new custom instructions, click More and New.
10. Fill in the text field. There is no need to save.
11. To save these instructions as a template, enter in a name in the field below and click Save.
These instructions are then available to be used by clicking More > Complex and selecting the template.
12. To delete an instruction template, click the X visible on the record.
13. Fill in the remaining details, selecting Private as the script type. As a private script, you are able to set the Quantity and Repeats above the default without needing an Authority code.
14. Click Next to continue.
15. Add any further details about the Condition treated, including if you'd like the condition added to the patient's Past Medical History (Add to PMH) or to make it Confidential.
Since the medication has had the default dosage and frequency prescribed and is not restricted, no authority code is required, however if this is altered it will be needed.
16. Click Prescribe to create a script and exit or click Prescribe and New to add a new medication to the script in progress.
The medication will be selected and visible from the Current Rx screen.