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Government approves pharmaceuticals amendment

It could soon be possible for doctors to prescribe pharmaceuticals containing cannabis extracts in Slovakia as the government on June 8 adopted a draft amendment to the law on pharmaceuticals that would also amend the law on narcotics, the SITA newswire reported.

It could soon be possible for doctors to prescribe pharmaceuticals containing cannabis extracts in Slovakia as the government on June 8 adopted a draft amendment to the law on pharmaceuticals that would also amend the law on narcotics, the SITA newswire reported.

The Ministry of Health included two molecules which can be extracted from cannabis into the so-called second group of narcotics. Michaela Gajdošová, head of the Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals Policies section at the ministry, told SITA that these two molecules are proven to have medical and therapeutic effects and have passed all clinical tests.

According to the new amendment, physicians will also be obliged to name the active ingredient for the patient's treatment on the prescription form as of November 2011 as well as the commercial name of the drug. Pharmacists will be obliged to provide the cheapest available medicine but a patient will be allowed to pick a different drug other than that offered by the pharmacist.

Health insurance companies will deliver monthly reports on drugs received by patients to physicians. If parliament passes the proposal, Slovakia would have generic prescriptions and obligatory generic substitution when it is available.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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