Diabetes drugs will continue to be written by e-prescription only, and antibiotics will have a grace period until the end of March in which they will also be written on paper. This was announced by Prime Minister Nikolay Denkov after a meeting with representatives of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Electronic Management, the Executive Agency for Medicines and “Information Service”.
See more in Irina Tsoneva’s report
The grace period will be used to improve the e-prescribing software. E-prescribing for all medicines will be piloted in a limited number of GP practices. The idea is for doctors who use the software to give feedback on possible problems and difficulties, Prime Minister Denkov explained.
“We will probably agree that for a very small part of the doctors who work outside of an outpatient clinic and their own practice, they will have the opportunity to prescribe drugs as before (on paper). The pilot study will make it possible at some point to proceed to full digitization of prescribing medicines – not only for antibiotics, but also for all other medicines, which are currently on a dual regime – paper and electronic prescription”, explained Health Minister Prof. Hristo Hinkov.
The Bulgarian Medical Union has made a commitment that during the negotiations with the NHIF in the coming months, they will try to stimulate doctors to write electronic prescriptions in order to report the results and problems in the system.
There will be a small group of dentists who will be able to prescribe drugs with a paper prescription even after the grace period has expired. It also became clear that pharmacies will not digitize paper prescriptions.
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