Set up Veterinary Pharmacy reference

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Veterinary Pharmacy Reference (VPR) is a third party software. Pharmacy Formulary is a separate module available for purchase that integrates Cornerstone with VPR. Learn how to set it up so the tools available with VPR can be used in Cornerstone.

Before you start

  • Security set up
    • Pharmacy – Invoice Item Link Setup
    • Defaults – Practice

Pharmacy Formulary defaults

Before using the Pharmacy Formulary, you must match the species codes in Cornerstone with the species codes in the formulary.

Navigate to Controls > Defaults > Practice and Workstation > Pharmacy Formulary.

  1. The Cornerstone species are found in the left column and cannot be changed. Under the Pharmacy Species column, click the arrow to select the matching species from the drop-down list.
  2. Select Auto perform interaction matrix when drug entered on prescription, if you want the drug interaction to be automatically performed when you choose a drug on the Prescription window.
    • Selecting this option may take longer because your software will always perform the drug matrix when you choose the drug.
    • You can also manually run the interaction matrix when making the prescription.
  3. Click Apply to save your changes and continue setting defaults or click OK to save your changes and close the window.

Linking drugs to invoice items

Before using the pharmacy formulary, you must match the drugs in the formulary to the invoice items in Cornerstone.

Navigate to Activities > Pharmacy Formulary > Pharmacy Invoice Item Link Setup. See Additional Information for an alternate way to access and link your drugs.

  1. Select the primary classification from the drop-down list to search for a drug by classification. Select a subclassification to narrow your search further.
  2. Double-click the invoice item/drug to be linked with the drug in the Pharmacy Formulary database.
  3. Search by the generic name or the brand name of the drug.
    • Select the name of the drug in the list and click Select.
    • The Pharmacy Invoice Item Link Setup window opens and displays the drug.
  4. Enter the timeframe the effects of the drug remain in the patient’s system, in the Prescription Months and Prescription Days fields. This information is used when performing interactive calculations.
  5. Enter the timeframe the effects of the drug remain in the patient’s system in the Invoice Days field. This is needed if a drug does not have a prescription for it and is instead entered on the invoice. Example: Anesthesia
  6. From the Prescription print option drop-down list, select if information about this drug will print automatically when the prescription label prints.
  7. Select the form (liquid or tablet) of the drug and enter the dosage. This is the default information in the dosage calculator.
  8. Click OK.

Additional information

Invoice Item Instructions tab

Related reports

  • Prescription History Report
  • Invoice Item Sales Information Report

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