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Coronavirus: Anyone Can Now Replace Relatives, Friends at Pharmacies

Hungary Today 2020.03.13.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, as of today, anyone can redeem prescriptions for their relatives, friends, and acquaintances in Hungary, after the Minister of Human Capacities Miklós Kásler simplified the conditions in a new decree.

According to the decree, in a state of emergency declared by the government, pharmaceuticals and medicinal products can be redeemed without proof of prescription or authorization from the person who provides the patient’s social security number (TAJ) and proves his identification. Pharmacies will only record the details of the person who receives the medicinal product and release the pharmaceuticals for relatives, friends, or acquaintances.

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This goes now both for paper-based and electronic prescriptions, as the decree entered into force today.

Index.hu notes that this is major relief for those who cannot get to the doctor or pharmacy for the products they need due to home quarantine, either obligatory or voluntary.

Earlier, the so-called e-space redeeming of prescriptions of those under 14 or those bedridden was only possible with either a paper receipt or a proof of prescription or authorization.

Featured photo illustration by Balázs Mohai/MTI