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Medication plan ensures greater therapy safety
Since the beginning of October, all statutory health insurers who have to take three or more medicines permanently have been entitled to a medication plan. According to the Federal Minister of Health Gröhe, this ensures more "therapy safety".
Protect patients from medication errors
For years, health experts have been demanding that patients be better protected from medication errors. Common medication errors include drug interactions. In this country, a very large section of the population is dependent on taking several medications. A survey commissioned by the Federal Association of German Pharmacists' Associations (ABDA) showed that around one in four people in Germany take several pills a day. Now all insured persons who have to take three or more drugs are entitled to a medication plan.
Entitlement to medication plan
According to a press release from the Federal Ministry of Health, "legally insured patients who simultaneously use at least three prescribed medications at the same time" have the right from October 1, 2016 "to have their medication plan drawn up and handed over by their doctor."
This should be helpful, especially for seniors, to keep an overview of the medication taken. “With the medication plan, we ensure greater therapeutic safety when taking medication. This is of great help, especially for older, chronically and multiply ill people, ”said Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe.
Thousands of deaths from drug cocktails
How important this is can also be seen from data from North Rhine-Westphalia. Around 4,300 deaths from drug cocktails were registered there each year. According to the information, 1.5 million people in the western German state take at least five medications every day. For seniors over 65, almost every second.
The medication plan offers help here. “Patients can see at a glance when they should take which medication and in what amount. And the doctor or pharmacist knows immediately which medicines the insured is currently using. In this way, revenue errors or dangerous interactions can be avoided, ”said Gröhe. "The medication plan is an important building block to further improve the safe handling of medicines."
Dosage and intake instructions
All medicinal products used by patients are documented on the plan with dosage and intake instructions. Doctors must inform insured persons of their entitlement and draw up a medication plan.
According to information from the ministry, the medication plan should be drawn up and updated by the doctor, who focuses on the patient and coordinates the medically necessary therapy and diagnostic measures. Usually these are the general practitioners. Pharmacists are required to update the plan at the patient's request if medication changes.
The medication plan is to be saved on the health card in the future
From 2018, the medication plan should also be saved on the electronic health card in addition to the paper printout. The basis for the introduction of the nationwide uniform medication plan is the E-Health Act, which came into force at the end of last year. (ad)