Stricter rules on prescribing will cut €1.3bn from Spain’s deficit

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 29 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6817
  1. Aser García Rada
  1. 1Madrid

From next year doctors in Spain will be able to prescribe the exact number of pills of certain drugs, the country’s new health minister has announced. The move will save Spain €300m (£255m; $400m), Leire Pajín told the health commission of the Congress, the parliament’s lower house.

Ms Pajín said that at the moment prepackaging meant that patients often get more pills than they need, causing unnecessary expense and contributing to the risk of self treatment.

The Spanish Agency of Medicines and Health …

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