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Section 2 of the Ordinance on the Prescription Requirement of Medicinal Products (Verordnung über die Verschreibungspflicht von Arzneimitteln)

(1) The prescription must contain the following:

1. surname, first name, job title and address of the practice or clinic of the prescribing medical, veterinary or dental person (prescribing person), including a contact telephone number,

2. date of issue,

3. name and date of birth of the person for whom the medicinal product is intended,

4. name of the finished medicinal product or active agent, including its strength,

4a. in the case of a medicinal product that is to be manufactured in the pharmacy, the composition by type and quantity, or the name of the finished medicinal product from which portions are to be dispensed,

5. form of administration insofar as its name in accordance with No. 4 or 4a is not unambiguous,

6. the amount of the prescribed medicinal product to be dispensed,

7. instructions for use in the case of medicinal products that are to be manufactured in the pharmacy,

8. period of validity of the prescription,

9. in the case of veterinary prescriptions, additionally

a) the dosage per animal and day,

b) the duration of the application, and

c) insofar as the medicinal product is prescribed for use in animals which are in-tended for the production of food, the indication and the waiting period, as well as, in place of the information referred to in No. 3, the name of the animal keeper and the quantity and species of the animals on which the medicinal product is to be used and, in the case of prescriptions for animals used for the production of food, the identity of the animals,

10. the handwritten signature of the prescribing person or, in the case of prescrip-tions in electronic form, his or her qualified electronic signature.

(1a) Corresponding prescriptions from the Member States of the European Union, from the Contracting Parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, and from Switzerland, shall be deemed to be equivalent to medical or dental prescriptions originating from Germany insofar as they are accompanied by the information in accordance with subsection (1), and thereby prove their authenticity and their issuance by a medical or dental person who is authorised to do so. The provisions contained in section 3a, as well as in the Narcotic Drugs Prescription Ordinance (Betäubungsmittel-Verschreibungsverordnung), shall remain unaffected thereby.

(1b) A medical or dental prescription that is issued for the purpose of being redeemed in another Member State of the European Union, in a Contracting Party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, or in Switzerland, must contain the following information:

1. surname, first name and date of birth of the person for whom the medicinal product is intended,

2. date of issue,

3. surname, first name and a professional title permitting the identification of the professional qualification of the prescribing medical or dental person (prescribing person),

4. address of the prescribing person, including the name of the Member State, his or her telephone or fax number, including the country code and his or her e-mail address,

5. handwritten or digital signature of the prescribing person, depending on the medium on which the prescription is issued,

6. the designation of the medicinal product (international non-proprietary name) that is customary in accordance with Article (1) No 21 of Directive 2001/83/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 November 2001 on the Community code relating to medicinal products for human use (OJ L 311 of 28 November 2001, p. 67), most recently amended by 2012/26/EU (OJ L 299 of 27 October 2012, p. 1); the name of a finished medicinal product may be used if

a) the prescribed medicinal product is a biological medicinal product in accordance with No. 3.2.1.1. (b) of Annex I Part 1 of Directive 2001/83/EC, or

b) the prescribing person considers it to be medically necessary; in this case, the prescription must contain a brief justification of the use of the finished medicinal product name,

7. the amount of medicinal product to be dispensed, its strength within the meaning of Directive 2001/83/EC, and the form of administration,

8. dosage.

(2) If the prescription is intended as medical supplies for a prescribing person, for a hospital, for facilities or sub-units of facilities of the emergency services, for on-board pharmacies of aircraft in accordance with section 1 subsection (2) Nos. 1 and 2 of the Operating Regulations for Aircraft (Betriebsordnung für Luftfahrtgerät) of 4 March 1970 (Federal Law Gazette [BGBl.] Part I p. 262), most recently amended by Article 3 of the Ordinance of 29 October 2015 (Federal Law Gazette Part I p. 1894), in the respectively applicable version, for a veterinary clinic or a zoo, an appropriate note shall be sufficient in place of the information in accordance with subsection (1) Nos. 3, 7 and 9.

(3) A note shall be inserted into the prescription of a medicinal product which is approved for carrying out an abortion, and which may only be used in an institution within the meaning of section 13 of the Pregnancy Conflicts Act (Schwanger-schaftskonfliktgesetz), in place of the information in accordance with subsection (1) No. 3.

(4) If the indication of the amount of the prescribed medicinal product is missing in the case of medicinal products in ready-to-use packages, the smallest package shall be deemed to have been prescribed.

(5) If the period of validity is missing, the prescription shall be valid for three months.

(6) In the absence of the date of birth of the person for whom the medicinal product is intended, or should information in accordance with subsection (1) No. 2, 5 or 7 be missing, or if such information is incomplete, the pharmacist may complete the prescription in this respect if the case is urgent and it is not possible to consult with the prescribing person.

(6a) If the first name of the prescribing person or his or her contact telephone number is missing, the pharmacist may also complete the prescription in this respect without consulting the prescribing person if he or she knows this information without any doubt.

(7) If the prescription of a medicinal product is intended for a hospital in which a data transmission system is available for the transmission of the same which en-sures that it is prescribed by an authorised prescribing person, then the reproduc-tion of the name of the prescribing person shall be sufficient in place of the hand-written signature in accordance with (1) No. 10 or, on prescriptions in electronic form, a suitable electronic identification procedure.

(8) If the prescription is intended for a hospital, it may also be exclusively transmitted with the aid of a fax machine.

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