It is estimated that around 25,000,000 doctor’s stickers will be manufactured during 2013.
It is estimated that around 25,000,000 doctor’s stickers will be manufactured during 2013.

New doctors’ stickers more secure and easier to order

December 5, 2012

Starting this month, handwritten doctors’ prescriptions are now validated using a new type of sticker issued by the INCM. The new stickers not only identify the doctor or place of prescription but now also contain a unique number, which raises the level of control and includes anti-copying elements, such as a specific and easily recognizable hologram, which makes any attempt at forgery extremely difficult.

Despite it being mandatory to prescribe medicinal products electronically there are still exceptional situations in which the issue of handwritten prescriptions is permitted. This fact requires the adoption of special security mechanisms and measures to ensure the reliability of the process.

Studies conducted in countries where electronic prescriptions have been a reality for several years indicate that handwritten prescriptions will always account for about 10% of total prescriptions.

INCM was also the partner chosen by the Ministry of Health to implement a new procedure for the ordering and distribution of the new doctors’ stickers, which is simpler and more convenient for doctors and other healthcare entities that have to purchase those stickers and for the authorities that have to manage the process.

Doctors and other healthcare entities can now use an electronic platform developed by the INCM and the Ministry of Health’s Prescriber Portal to place orders online for the doctors’ stickers, after correctly completing the authentication process. They can also make the payment online and receive the stickers with total convenience at the location they choose, via registered post.

This solution raises the quality and security of the new doctors’ stickers, besides making the administrative process simpler and much more efficient.

The system has been available since 3 December and it is estimated that around 25,000,000 doctor’s stickers will be manufactured during 2013.

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