Doctors have so far failed to master a new, required way of prescribing medicines for patients and many pharmacies are returning their customers to their doctors if the prescriptions are incorrect, the Sme daily wrote on December 6, while noting that part of the problem is incorrectly stating the active medicinal substance.
The president of the Association of Private Doctors, Ladislav Pásztor, told Sme that doctors who do not prescribe medications using a computer are having problems and this is about half of the total number of doctors. The chaos has been caused primarily by a change in the law when on December 1 doctors must prescribe the active medicinal substance and not the brand-name drug.
A pharmacist is then supposed to offer the patient a medication with the effective ingredient at the lowest price and the final selection of which drug to choose is up to the patient after being advised by the pharmacist. Pásztor said many doctors have not managed to fully adapt to the changes coming from the recent amendment to the law.
The Health Ministry stated it did not know about problems surrounding the new method of prescribing drugs and added that it had prepared a 127-page manual on its website to instruct doctors.
The head of the Association for Better Pharmacies, Vladimíra Gromová, said that if a prescription is not completed correctly, a pharmacist is forced to send the patient back to the doctor to rewrite it, adding that Slovakia’s health insurers will not pay their part if the prescription is not correct.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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6. Dec 2011 at 14:00