Verbal orders vs written orders

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    Which of the following meds would you be required to have a WRITTEN order for? Fentanyl, stadol, phenobarbital, or darvacet?

    Thank you in advance!
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    You better nit have an order for Darvidet in the US since it was pulled off the market 2 years ago. Check the narcotic class for the other drugs and you will have your answer
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    Sorry... Im a nursing student and this is a question on an exam that I was unable to find the answer to. 2 are opioid analgesics and phenobarbital is a barbiturate... Not exactly sure what that means though...
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    Quote from kateb8
    Sorry... Im a nursing student and this is a question on an exam that I was unable to find the answer to. 2 are opioid analgesics and phenobarbital is a barbiturate... Not exactly sure what that means though...
    All are considered narcotics. Lower classes of narcotics like 4s & 5s can be a verbal order. 2s and some 3s need a written order and cannot include refills (generally speaking). So since Darvocet is off the market that is out. Look up the other three drugs. Your drug guide book (or even your pharm text) should have their narcotic class. Then you will have your answer.
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    Thank you so much for explaining that! Found my answer. I really appreciate your help.
    JustBeachyNurse and Esme12 like this.
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    Glad I could help. Now you have a direction to look in should you run into the same scenario in the future.
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    Strange that they would still be using tests with old, outdated meds on it, which are no longer available. I would wonder what else is outdated in your classes.
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    I miss DARVOCET. It worked so well for so many people (sniffle, sniffle). Are you listening Eli Lilly Co.??
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    Quote from amoLucia
    I miss DARVOCET. It worked so well for so many people (sniffle, sniffle). Are you listening Eli Lilly Co.??
    It wasn't Eli Lilly....it was the FDA.
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    Are you talking about meds which need a written prescription vs. which meds can be 'called in' to the pharmacy?

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    Do you mean meds for a patient in the hospital where you take a verbal/phone order for the doctor?

    When I read the OP, I thought you meant the latter. In the case of the latter, I can take a verbal order for just about any medicine, including narcotics (but I'm sure it varies by facility policy and may vary state to state).

    As for up to date information in nursing school...I can remember a lot of stuff that was taught in school and that was in NCLEX review books that was directly contradicted by latest research (for example, the Homan test or floating an inhaler to see if there was any medication left in in).


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