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.