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Recognition of pharmaceutical prescriptions across the European Union: A comparison of five Member States’ policies and practices.

Autor
San Miguel L, Augustin U, Busse R, Knai C, Rubert G, Sihvo S, Baeten R
Verlag
Health Policy 116(2-3): 206-213 (DOI 10.1016/j.healthpol.2013.11.003)

 

 

Zusammenfassung

 

BACKGROUND:

In 2011, the EU Directive on Patients' Rights in Cross Border Healthcare was approved, including a regulation on mutual recognition of prescriptions.

OBJECTIVE:

To compare current national policies and practices on prescribing and dispensing, prescription-only medicines (POMs) in European countries in order to identify differences which could, challenge acceptance across borders.

METHODS:

Semi-structured interviews with 37 national stakeholders were carried out. Furthermore, data on policies for prescribing and dispensing POMs were gathered based on desk research, and, contacts with relevant authorities via a purposely designed questionnaire.

RESULTS:

Important differences exist regarding: (1) information requirements for prescriptions to be, legally valid, (2) generic and international non-proprietary name (INN) policies and (3) professionals, legally allowed to prescribe POMs. Moreover, there is a lack of EU-wide access to key information for, validating prescriptions, recognizing the equivalence of products or identifying authorised prescribers.

CONCLUSION:

Differences in legislation and its application across Europe pose important challenges to be, addressed by policy makers with appropriate actions: (1) a prescribed product may not be dispensed, to a patient who needs it, (2) an inappropriate product (or inappropriate instructions) could be, provided and (3) POMs could be dispensed and consumed or sold, based on false prescriptions.

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