dematerialized prescription of drugs is becoming more widespread

From Wednesday, doctors can issue a prescription for drugs without any written record.

Thanks to electronic identification, the national registry number or proof of prescription on a smartphone, pharmacists will know exactly which medicine to prescribe. Those who wish can also obtain a paper receipt.

Pharmacies were already accepting dematerialized prescriptions since June 1. This technique is now deployed on a large scale. The software intended for prescribers (doctors, dentists and midwives) had to be ready by September 15 at the latest.

Since January 1, 2020, doctors are required to prescribe drugs electronically. Until now, the patient has always received a paper receipt with a unique barcode, but those who wish can now have their medication prescribed completely digitally. On presentation of an electronic identity card or a national register number, pharmacists can retrieve the prescription via software.

People with a smartphone can also present an electronic receipt. The patient will be able to choose the reception mode.

This dematerialization has advantages for each party:

  • The patients will benefit from additional possibilities to recover the drugs and will not always have to go to the general practitioner.
  • The doctors will be able to monitor the status of their prescriptions digitally, which will avoid losses.
  • Pharmacists will be able to adapt their advice, with a complete and detailed overview of the prescribed medication.

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