Slovakia changes drug prescription rules for chronically-ill patients

Slovak GPs and specialists will be able to prescribe drugs to chronically-ill patients one year in advance, according to legislative changes recently approved by the country’s parliament, news agency TASR reported.

The move is aimed to reduce the need of patients for frequent trips to their doctors only to receive a new prescription for their drug. Doctors are currently able to prescribe drugs six months in advance, but this period turned out to be too short, generating a lot of unnecessary visits in doctors’ offices.

The new prescription rule, to be enforced in 2018, will also apply to medical devices and dietary foods for chronically-ill patients.