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June 13, 2023

Information Services launches electronic prescriptions for controlled substances

All medicinal products containing narcotic substances, which are prescribed on yellow and green prescription forms, are now in electronic format and are processed through the National Health Information System (NHIS). The change was introduced by Information Services in line with the implementation of the Amendment to Ordinance No. 4 of 2009 on the conditions and procedure for prescribing and dispensing medicinal products, published in issue 51 of the State Gazette of June 13, 2023. All medicinal products, prescribed on yellow and green prescription forms issued prior 12.06. 2023 will be fulfilled according to the old procedure until their expiration date. Data shows that over 300 prescriptions for medicines containing narcotics have been issued in the first day of the introduction of e-prescriptions, 30 of them have already been fulfilled.

The total number of electronic prescriptions issued through the NHIS exceeds 32.5 million, with an average of over 50 000 per day.

The new functionality of the NHIS provides an opportunity to fulfill prescriptions for medicinal products containing narcotic substances nationwide. Previously, those prescriptions could only be processed by pharmacies within the region of issuance. In order to fascilitate the work of doctors and pharmacists in the best possible way, the method of prescribing and dispensing medicinal products containing narcotic substances is identical to the other e-prescriptions.

According to the Regulation, the time limit for the execution of electronic prescriptions for controlled substances remains 7 days from the prescribtion date and the period of prescribed therapy should not exceed 30 days

With the implementation of electronic prescriptions for narcotic substances, there would be no need for doctors to visit regional health inspections (RHI) to obtain prescription forms.

The digitization of prescribing and dispensing of prescriptions for medicinal products containing narcotic substances eliminates the possibility of processing incorrect, duplicated, expired, or fake prescriptions. The data related the medicinal product, the doctor who prescribed it, and the pharmacist who fulfilled the e-prescription are validated in real time. The electronic prescription allows total traceability, transparency, and control over the process of prescribing and dispensing medicinal products.

About Information Services JSC

Information Services JSC is the Bulgarian national system integrator of the state administration. The company creates, develops, maintains, and monitors the operability of information systems of national importance. Information Services JSC is a major partner of state institutions and implements key projects of strategic importance for Bulgaria. The company is a leader on the Bulgarian market in the development, implementation and maintenance of new technological solutions. It is as well the first certified provider of Qualified electronic signature services in Bulgaria and is a long term technological partner of Central Election Commission. Information Services JSC has a branch structure that covers all the regional cities in Bulgaria. The company employs over 580 highly qualified experts in various fields of the ICT sector.  The company is certified according to the international standards ISO 9001: 2015 for quality management, ISO / IEC 27001: 2013 for information security management, ISO / IEC 20000-1: 2011 for management of the provided IT services and LSTI N ° 1642-131-V1 .0 for the issuance and management of qualified certificates for electronic signatures, electronic seals and qualified electronic time stamps.