“Now the Ministry of Health is preparing an experiment to create a federal register of medical prescriptions, which will ensure the continuity of prescriptions according to uniform standards, — already this year we want to test this project in three pilot regions, — Deputy Minister of Health of Russia Pavel Pugachev said during the annual conference CIPR-2022 Deputy Minister of Health of Russia Pavel Pugachev ;which all regions of Russia should go to by the end of 2023».

Today, a discounted prescription drug can be obtained from pharmacies or drug dispensaries participating in the drug benefit program in the location where the patient lives.

city, he will have to issue a prescription at a local clinic. To do this, he will need to apply to a medical institution with a passport, compulsory medical insurance policy, SNILS, an extract from the medical card, a certificate of a pensioner or veteran and a certificate confirming the right to a set of social services.

It is clear that such a complex algorithm forces beneficiaries (most of whom are middle-aged and not very healthy people), who, for example, are staying with relatives in another city, to purchase the drug they need for their hard-earned money.< /p>

Recipe in numbers

In 2019, the Belgorod Region was the first to introduce an electronic prescription service — all medical organizations and pharmacies providing patients with subsidized medicines were connected to it.

"The advantages of electronic prescriptions were appreciated by both doctors and patients — said Director for marketing of the medical prescription management system Veronika Borovleva — Doctors noted a reduction in queues (an electronic prescription makes it possible to remotely extend and adjust prescriptions, for example, changing dosages). Also, a digital prescription allows the doctor to quickly find out which medications were previously prescribed to the patient and whether there was an effect from the use of these drugs.

For patients, electronic prescriptions provide the ability to connect “reminders”; about reception schedule, dosages and storage conditions.

It is generally accepted that only beneficiaries need electronic prescriptions. This is not so. 88% of our citizens buy medicines with their own funds. We need to know who is sick with what, what doctors really prescribe (today it is impossible to track this, because doctors often write prescriptions on stickers and writing paper) and how much medicines need to be purchased to meet demand. An electronic prescription makes it possible to sell remotely and  deliver medicines to home (which is important for residents of remote regions)».

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