This article explains the concept of "Free Text Drugs" in Dr. First. We'll cover what they are, how to identify them, their limitations, and how to work around these limitations.
What Are Free Text Drugs?
Free text drugs are manually entered medications, created when you choose 'Enter free text' instead of selecting a specific drug from the search results.
How to Identify Them
When you opt for 'Enter free text,' a red pill icon will appear on the "Prescribe Medication" page. Hover over this icon, and you'll see a message confirming it's a free text drug.
Free text drugs won't trigger standard alerts for drug-drug interactions or drug-allergy reactions.
- These prescriptions won't transmit electronically.
- Non-controlled ones will go by fax.
- Controlled substance prescriptions will be marked as undeliverable.
They can only be sent electronically if they meet certain conditions like being a compound, supply/equipment, or not a controlled substance.
Data Synchronization Between Dr. First and SigmaMD
Contrary to standard prescriptions, free text drugs do not automatically populate the medication list within a patient's chart. Although these free text drugs will be visible in the "Care Plan" section of SigmaMD, clinicians are required to manually add them to the patient's list of medications.
To avoid using free text:
- Use the search function effectively.
- Don't include the dose when typing the drug name.
- If a drug is missing, request to have it added by contacting our support team.
How to Revert to Electronic Prescriptions
If you need to change a free text prescription to an electronic one:
- Delete the free text prescription.
- Find the drug in the database.
- Create a new prescription.
Free text drugs have their pros and cons. They offer flexibility but come with limitations like not triggering alerts and not transmitting electronically. Knowing when to use them is essential for effective prescription management in Dr. First.