Dispensing Quantity Units Update

You may have noticed that the list of dispensing quantity units used when providing prescriptions has changed. The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs(NCPDP), the organization that establishes the industry standard for electronic prescription transmission, has retired a number of these units from the code set used in standard electronic prescription messages.

To facilitate these changes, DrFirst, Atlas.md’s e-prescription provider, is changing the list of dispensing quantity units that can be used when providing prescriptions. These changes also apply to a number of units used for prescriptions in Atlas.md.

The units being removed include:

  • Bottles
  • Inhalers
  • Ounces
  • Packages
  • Pens
  • Pills
  • Syringes
  • Tubes
  • Units
  • Vials

The units being added include:

  • Applicator
  • Blister
  • Caplet
  • Each
  • Gum
  • Implant
  • Insert
  • Kit
  • Lancet
  • Lozenge
  • Needle
  • Packet
  • Pad
  • Pen Needle
  • Sponge
  • Stick
  • Strip
  • Swab
  • Wafer

If you have any questions about any of the units you see on this list, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with support.

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