29.06.2021 – 10:43
BPI Federal Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry
With the introduction of the electronic prescription (e-prescription) in the test region Berlin-Brandenburg, the BPI also demands the implementation of the green e-prescription. “The legislator has firmly anchored it in the Patient Data Protection Act (PDSG),” says BPI Managing Director Dr. Kai Joachimsen. “As of 2022, it is mandatory for all practices to issue the electronic version of the red prescription. At the same time, the green e-prescription must also be connected to the telematics infrastructure.”
Since the introduction of the Green Prescription in 2004, the prescription of non-prescription drugs has become an integral part of health care. It integrates pharmacy-only, non-prescription drugs into an overall medical treatment concept and simplifies the daily work of doctors and pharmacists. The BPI’s 2021 OTC data shows that four out of five doctors use the green prescription in their everyday practice. 31 percent of all prescriptions for non-prescription drugs were made with the green prescription in the past year; doctors prescribed a total of 40 million green prescriptions in the past year (see graphic, OTC data 2021, pp. 50/51). No wonder: many diseases can be treated with non-prescription drugs. Doctors often prescribe them as introductory, step-by-step or accompanying therapies. Often times, however, buying non-prescription medicines themselves is a financial burden for patients, but there are solutions.
Reimbursement of costs via the green recipe
In the meantime, 76 health insurance companies offer their patients reimbursement of costs for non-prescription drugs as part of their statutory services that doctors prescribe via the green prescription.
A doctor’s prescription for the drug is required for reimbursement. “As a result, the introduction of a green e-prescription is urgently needed,” says Dr. Joachimsen.
A current list of the OTC statutory benefits of the statutory health insurance can be found here.
The OTC data for 2021 can be downloaded from the BPI website or ordered as a print version. The publication is also available in the BPI kiosk.
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