Pharmaceutical Services

    1. Overview

Pursuant to the provisions of Articles 32 and 33 of the Application of the Rights of Patients in the Context of Cross-Border Healthcare Law (Law No. 149(I)/2013) (hereinafter referred to as “Cross-Border Healthcare Law”), as amended or replaced, prescriptions which:

(a) are issued in another Member State and dispensed by a registered pharmacist in the Republic; or

(b) are issued in the Republic at the request of a patient for the purpose of being dispensed in another Member State,

must contain the information listed in Annex III of the Pharmacy and Poisons Law (Cap.254), as amended or replaced.

    2. Minimum Prerequisites for the dispensing of cross-border prescriptions

Α pharmacist in the Republic can supply prescription medicinal products on a cross-border prescription only if the prescription is issued by a doctor registered in another Member State and for which the pharmacist is satisfied with its authenticity and correctness.

The prescription must include in a clear, legible and clear manner at least the following elements:

• Identification of the patient:

(a) Surname(s)

(b) First name(s) (in full, i.e. no initials)

(c) Date of Birth

• Authentication of the prescription

(a) Issue Date

• Identification of the prescribing health professional

(a) Surname(s),

(b) First name(s) (in full, i.e. no initials)

(c) Professional qualification

(d) Details for direct contact (email and telephone or fax with international prefix)

(e) Business address (including the relevant Member State),

(f) Signature

• Identification of the prescribed product, where applicable

"Common name" as defined by Article 1 of Directive 2001/83 / EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 November 2011 on the Community code relating to medicinal products for human use.

"Brand name" if:

(a) the prescribed product is a biological medicinal product as defined in section point (b) of Annex I (Part I) to Directive 2001/83 / EC, or

(b) the prescribing health professional deems it medically necessary; in that case, the prescription shall shortly state the reasons justifying the use of the brand name

• Pharmaceutical formulation (tablet, solution, etc.)

• Quantity

• Strength, as defined in Article 1 of Directive 2001/83 / EC,

• Dosage regimen.

    3. Exemption

According to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Regulations (Regulation 12), cross-border prescriptions containing substances specified in the Second, Third or Fourth Table of these Regulations CANNOT be dispensed in the Republic. Prescriptions with controlled medicinal products can only be dispensed in the Republic if they are issued by doctors who have a permanent address in the Republic.

    4. Legal Reference

Pharmacy and Poisons Law (Cap.254), as amended or replaced 35Α

    5. Assistance Services

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Last Update on:

05/02/2021 11:39:44 AM