You may be confronted with a Dutch insured patient for whom medicines or medical devices were prescribed in another EU country. On the grounds of the Regeling Geneesmiddelenwet [Medicines Act Regulations] (only in Dutch), you must accept that prescription if it fulfils certain conditions. These can be found in the annex to the Directive on the mutual recognition of prescriptions from another EU member state (Directive 2012/25/EU). If this is the case, you must provide the patient with the medicine or medical device in accordance with the foreign prescription.
What information should appear on the prescription?
The prescription must include at least the following information:
The annex to Directive 2012/25/EU explains exactly which details these are.
- details for identifying the patient;
- details for authenticating the prescription;
- details for identifying the healthcare provider who wrote the prescription;
- (where applicable) details for identifying the prescribed product.