Pharmacies will be required to suggest the most inexpensive medical preparations
On Monday, March 8, the regulation of the Minister of Social Affairs entered into force which requires pharmacists to suggest the most inexpensive suitable medical preparation for the customer, provided that the prescription is active substance-based. Moreover, pharmacies were granted the right to provide prescription medicines also on the basis of prescriptions issued in other countries.
The regulation specifies that a physician issuing a prescription may only indicate the manufacturer of a medical preparation if other preparations, though similar in terms of the active substance, its quantity and pharmaceutical form, are not suited to the individual for medical reasons. Otherwise, the physician shall issue an active substance-based prescription which allows the pharmacist to suggest the most inexpensive suitable medicinal product for the customer.
The regulation also specifies the procedure for issuing medicinal products from pharmacies. In the future, a pharmacist shall suggest the most inexpensive suitable medical preparation for the customer, provided that the prescription is active substance-based. Should a more expensive preparation be issued, the pharmacist shall indicate the reason on the prescription. Specifying of the existing procedure of prescribing and issuing of medicines increases the availability of cheaper medicinal products at pharmacies.
The regulation governing prescribing and issuing of medicines was also amended, giving pharmacies the right to also provide prescription medicines on the basis of prescriptions issued in other EU member states, EG member states and the Swiss Confederation.
Further information is available at the Ministry of Social Affairs