Innovation from the Ministry of Health: the first e-prescription can now be obtained without visiting a doctor

From now on, however, this requirement is not mandatory. This means that even if a patient contacts a doctor remotely for the first time, the doctor has the right to decide to issue an electronic prescription for medicines without seeing the patient in person. The exception is patients who are undergoing substitution maintenance therapy.

What is the physician’s rationale?

In this case, the doctor’s decision should be based on the data received from the patient about his current condition, complaints, as well as information from his primary medical records. Also, he must necessarily enter medical records of such interaction into the electronic health care system (EHR).
At the same time, the doctor’s decision on remote prescribing must necessarily comply with the industry standards in the field of health care, approved by the Ministry of Health.

We also previously reported that from now on, the dispensing of narcotic (psychotropic) drugs in pharmacies will be based solely on an electronic prescription. Thus, patients who undergo complex treatment and need anesthesia will be able to receive a prescription for such drugs in a more convenient way. At the same time, the paper prescription will continue to be valid in the territories where there are active hostilities and for the prescription of extemporaneous narcotic drugs (i.e. those that are manufactured in a pharmacy).

All of these changes are designed to simplify the process of prescribing and dispensing prescription drugs while minimizing self-medication.

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