Prescribe是开药的意思

今天看到一篇文章,说卡尔加里的一名医生因为宗教信仰问题,不给病人开避孕药。他的诊所告示是这么写的:

“Please be informed that the physician on duty today will not prescribe the birth control bill”

句中的prescribe就是开药的意思。例句:

I will ask my doctor to prescribe a new medication for my condition.

Doctor, please prescribe me something for the pain.

另外,这边的避孕药原来是要找医生开的。此前没啥经验,这下知道了。