Entering Directions

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Entering Directions

When entering a new script, be sure to include instructions for the patient on how the medication should be taken. These directions (known as the "SIG") can be typed into the Directions field. This field can be used to explain how the patient should take the medication and how often.

 

Topics

Using Short Codes

What is the Day Supply?

What is the Per Dose Amount?

Lengthy SIGs

 

 

Using Short Codes

When entering a SIG, you can use short codes to quickly enter some of the most common directions. For example, to give the direction "TAKE TWO CAPSULES TWICE DAILY BY MOUTH," you can enter the code "2BID" into the Directions field. Depending on the type of medication being dispensed, ProPharm One+ will determine if the units should be given as Capsules, Tablets, etc. The formatted text of the SIG will display in the text box beneath the Directions field.

 

To add to or change your short code options, go to the Abbreviations screen located within the System menu.

 

You can use multiple short codes to create the desired SIG. For example, the code "PRN" creates the following formatted text: "AS NEEDED." By adding the short code "WF" at the end of the directions, you can create a SIG that states "AS NEEDED WITH FOOD."

 

 

What is the Day Supply?

In the Day Supply field, you can enter the number of days that will be covered by the dispensed medication. This field may be calculated automatically based on the SIG that you have selected. For example, if you have a Dispense Qty of "60" and choose a SIG of "1BID" ("Take One Tablet Twice Daily"), the Day Supply field will automatically show a value of "30."

 

 

What is the Per Dose Amount?

The Per Dose field shows the number of units (Tablets, Capsules, etc.) that should be taken for each dose of medication. This field may be filled automatically after you have entered the script's SIG information.

 

 

Lengthy SIGs

If you are entering a long SIG, it may exceed the limit of what can appear on your script label. ProPharm will warn you if any words in your directions will be cut off on the label. (In some cases, labels may allow for "overflow" of lengthy text. The red text warning will show if the SIG will exceed the amount that can be shown on the label without going to overflow.) If you exceed the character limit, ProPharm will mark any words that will not be fully shown on the label with red text.

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Please note that if ProPharm determines that the SIG is too long, it will mark all the text red beyond the last SPACE in the text before the limit is exceeded. This is to ensure that the user realizes which words will not be FULLY included on the label. The actual space on the label may be a few characters longer than what is shown as available on the Script Filling screen. But any words shown in red may be partially cut off.

 

You also have the option to use "shrink-to-fit" settings for your SIGs. You can set up labels to shrink the text as the directions begin to exceed a certain length. The text can shrink down to a specified minimum setting to accommodate different lengths of SIGs on the label. If you are using this option, ProPharm will also show the smaller text size for the Directions in the Script Filling screen. If you are interested in using this option, please contact our support staff.

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