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WP4 Workpackage on prescriptions and medicines

Lead beneficiary: Observatoire Social Européen, Dr Rita Baeten


  • To identify potential obstacles to the cross-border dispensation of prescription-only medicinal products (POMs) and assess any potential risks associated with the removal of these obstacles


  • A literature review

  • A legal comparison and analysis of the legislation applicable in Belgium, Finland, Germany, Spain and the UK

  • Data collection and cross-country analysis with regard to POM’s, prescribing and dispensing in the five Member States

  • A policy analysis based on interviews with stakeholders and policy makers to find out how the regulation is applied in practice, what the aims of the regulation are (stated and real), and who is benefiting from it

  • Experiments testing the acceptance of foreign prescriptions by pharmacists in community pharmacies in the five Member States

For publications related to this work package, please click here.


WP1 Health care professionals
WP2 Treatment pathways in Different Countries
WP3 Medical Records and Systems of Data Collection
WP4 Prescription and Medicines
WP5 Patient Choice & Public Reporting
WP6 Long Term Care
WP7 Hospital Collaborations
WP8 Telemedicine/eHealth
WP9 Cross-border Care in Dentistry
WP10 Media Reporting of Quality of Care
WP11 Assessment of the Scale of Cross-border Care
WP12 Potential Implications: Lessons Learnt; Policy Recommendations
WP13 Dissemination

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