Around 4,500 doctors will not be able to start issuing electronic prescriptions as of January 1st, according to a law that has made them compulsory as of next year, the ctk news agency reports. The State Institute for Drugs Control says it will be unable to process applications filed after November 24th in time.
The law introducing electronic prescriptions went into effect in 2007 but up till now doctors could use them on a voluntary basis. Doctors in small towns and villages have complained that the new measure will place a big administrative burden on them. The measure will affect over 43,000 Czech physicians.