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Replacement of the medicine with a cheaper equivalent


The pharmacist is obliged to inform a patient of the possibility of purchasing a medicine different from the one prescribed (a medicine of the same international name, dose, pharmaceutical form and the same therapeutic indication), reimbursed too , whose retail price doesn’t exceed the public funds reimbursement limit and the retail price of the prescribed medicine.

Remember, most medicines have their less expensive equivalents which don’t result in a therapeutic difference. It is useful to take advantage of the right to the information of the cheaper medicine.

A patient may demand to receive a medicine whose retail price is lower than the price of the medicine on the prescription. That doesn’t apply to the situation when a physician has included on the prescription the annotation – „not to be replaced”. In such case, the prescribed medicine can’t be replaced.

Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health is an office of government administration serving the Minister of Health.

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