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Help from the pharmacy

Updated : 25/10/2013

Presenting a prescription abroad

A prescription delivered by a doctor in your country is valid in all EU countries. However, medicine prescribed in one country might not be available in another, or it may bear another name.

As of 25 October 2013 you are able to ask for a cross-border prescription which is intended for use in another EU country: these are designed to help the pharmacist understand the prescription easily, the ingredients of the medicine and their dosage.

Sample story

Getting medicine abroad using a prescription from home

Anna from Sweden is going to work in Finland for six months. She needs to get her sleeping pill dispensed whilst she is there, so asks for a cross-border prescription. She can present these prescriptions to chemists in Finland to get the pill while abroad.

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Footnote

In this case, the 28 EU member states + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland

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