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Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec

FMRQ Express Special edition February 2010

Medical residents, an essential link in access to care FMRQ Express is a publication of the Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec which reports on developments with regard to the main issues that are subject to special attention and on decisions made by Federation bodies, notably the Executive Committee, Board of Directors and Delegates’ Assembly.

o IMPORTANT MESSAGE ƒ PROCEDURE FOR WRITING

PRESCRIPTIONS FOR YOUR PATIENTS FOR OUTSIDE THE ESTABLISHMENT


IMPORTANT MESSAGE PROCEDURE

FOR WRITING PRESCRIPTIONS FOR YOUR PATIENTS FOR OUTSIDE THE ESTABLISHMENT

The FMRQ has been notified of a problem that occurs when your prescriptions are filled by pharmacies outside establishments, in particular by patients who leave after having been hospitalized. • We are told that at the end of each academic year, Quebec’s health insurance board (RAMQ) can receive up to 400 calls a week from pharmacists checking incomplete prescriptions, with illegible signatures (surprise surprise!) or for residents’ numbers (#R- shown on your training card) that are not indicated. • IT IS IMPERATIVE for you to pay special attention to the procedures outlined below to ensure that your prescriptions are properly filled, without any delay. o You must ensure that all the information is entered on the prescription and that it is written legibly; o You must sign your name legibly. To avoid any confusion, you must also write your name on the prescription in block letters. This will save a pharmacist from having to call RAMQ to validate the prescribing physician’s identity or eligibility. o You must always enter your training card number, as well. • The Collège des médecins du Québec’s Regulation respecting the standards relating to prescriptions made by a physician stipulates, among other things, that: Sec. 3. A physician who writes an individual prescription must include in it: (1) his name printed or written in block letters, his telephone number, the number of his permit to practise, and his signature; (2) the patient’s name and date of birth; (3) the date the prescription was written; (4) in the case of a medication: a) the full name of the medication, written in block letters when similar to the name of another medication and that this may cause confusion; (b) directions for use, including the pharmaceutical form, the concentration, if applicable, and the dosage; (c) the method of administration; (d) the duration of treatment or the amount prescribed; (e) the number of renewals authorized, or indication that no renewal is authorized; (…).

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We attach an example below. XYZ hospital address Date Patient’s name ________________________________________________________

(Medication, dosage, duration of treatment)

Your signature Your name in block letters Your #R- (training card) Repeat

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• We remind you that any prescription must be intended for a patient you have examined within the framework of your residency. • For further information concerning the procedure for writing prescriptions, we strongly recommend that you consult the Collège des médecins du Québec site. http://www.cmq.org/en/medecinsmembres/profil/commun/AProposOrdre/~/media/37 C3C56402954B1C8D783048DA6F3279.ashx?21006

Yann Dazé, MD President For further information, please contact the FMRQ by phoning 514-282-0256 or 1-800-465-0215 or emailing fmrq@fmrq.qc.ca, or visit our Web site at www.fmrq.qc.ca.

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