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Implementation of electronic scripts in South Africa

Karen du Toit, Sarisha Naicker, Johannes Bodenstein

Abstract


The legal framework in South Africa (SA) provides for strict requirements regarding prescriptions. However, pharmacists are still confronted daily with illegible handwritten scripts, increasing the risk of medication errors. E-prescribing is being implemented in SA to overcome these disadvantages. The general regulations made in terms of the Medicines and Related Substances Act as well as the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act must be read conjointly for the purposes of understanding the legal framework of electronic prescriptions in SA.

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Karen du Toit, Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Sarisha Naicker, Pharmaceutical practice, Pretoria, South Africa

Johannes Bodenstein, Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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Keywords

E-prescriptions; ECT act; Medicines and Related Substances Act

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2015;105(9):724-725. DOI:10.7196/SAMJnew.7920

Article History

Date submitted: 2015-01-14
Date published: 2015-09-14

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