Saturday, December 8, 2007

The COPD News

COPD Support, Inc., edited by Joan Costello

Volume 7, Issue 52
December 7, 2007

Definition Of Prescription Abbreviations
A prescription, as is well known, is a physician's order for the preparation
and administration of a drug or device for a patient. What may be less well
known is that a prescription has several parts:

The superscription (or heading) with the symbol R or Rx which stands for the
word Recipe, meaning (in Latin) to take; The inscription which contains the
names and quantities of the ingredients; The subscription or directions for
compounding the drug; and The signature which is often preceded by the sign
s. standing for signa, mark, giving the directions to be marked on the
container. You may see some chickenscrawl marks on a prescription. For
example, b.i.d. It means twice (two times) a day and is an abbreviation for
"bis in die" which in Latin means, not too surprisingly, twice a day. It is
one of a number of hallowed abbreviations of Latin terms that have been
traditionally used in prescriptions to specify the frequency with which
medicines should be taken. Some of the abbreviations of terms commonly used
in prescriptions with their meanings are:

a.c. = before meals (from "ante cibum," before meals)
ad lib: use as much as one desires (from "ad libitum")
da or daw = dispense as written
p.c. = after meals (from "post cibum," after meals)
p.o. = by mouth, orally (from "per os," by mouth)
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also in this issue

-NYT Examines COPD
-CQRC Statement On The NY Times Article On Medicare's Home Oxygen Benefit
-Researchers Focus On Genes And Inflammation In Search For Clues To COPD
-Don't Let Germs Be Your Travel Companions
-Respiratory Therapy Cave
-Heavy Breathing Proteins
-Study Demonstrates Ramelton Does Not Exacerbate Respiratory Depressant Effects
-Almirall Takes On COPD
-Hats Off To Combat Asthma
-Advances In Diagnostics Can Lead To Better Quality Of Life
-Amarillo Biosciences Files Patent Application To Treat Chronic Cough With Oral Interferon
-FDA Investigates Anti-Smoking Drugs
-Ibuprofen Slows Loss Of Lung Function In Cystic Fibrosis

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Until next Friday,
Joan Costello, Editor

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