Medical prescription for purchasing medication abroad

Prescriptions issued in other EU countries must be filled at Finnish pharmacies and Finnish prescriptions must be filled in other EU countries. The reciprocal recognition of European prescriptions based on the EU Patient Directive only applies to the EU countries. EEA countries and Switzerland can fill prescriptions issued in EU countries, but are not obliged […]

Reimbursement for medicines purchased abroad

You can be reimbursed for medicines purchased abroad in the following cases: you suddenly fall ill abroad you seek treatment in another EU or EEC country or Switzerland you purchase medication in another EU or EEC country or Switzerland To receive reimbursement, your municipality of residence must be in Finland and you must have Finnish […]

Reimbursements for medicines purchased in Finland

You can be reimbursed for medicines purchased in Finland if one of the following conditions is met: you are covered by health insurance in Finland your municipality of residence is in Finland you are covered by health insurance in another EU or EEC country, Switzerland or Australia and you have received medically necessary during you […]

Reimbursements for medicine expenses

Medicines are reimbursed in three categories: The basic reimbursement is 40 % of the medicine’s price or reference price. The lower special reimbursement is 65 % of the medicine’s price or reference price The higher special reimbursement is 100 % of the medicine’s price or reference price for the portion that exceeds the medicine-specific copayment […]

Medicines purchased online

A pharmacy operating in Finland can sell medicines through an online shop if it has notified the Finnish Medicines Agency (Fimea) of the shop. An online service can be used to supply prescription medicines when they have been prescribed with an electronic prescription. Fimea maintains a list of legitimate Finnish online pharmacies on its website […]

Bringing medicines to Finland

You can bring medication from abroad for your own personal use as follows: a quantity equivalent to a year’s supply from an EEC country a quantity equivalent to three months’ supply from a non-EEC country The EEC countries include Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria, Spain, Ireland, Iceland, United Kingdom, Italy, Austria, Greece, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, […]

Taking medicines abroad

When you travel abroad, take your prescriptions with you. If needed, you can use them at customs to prove that you have the right to take your personal medication with you. If your prescriptions are in electronic format, bring a patient guide printed out by your doctor or a summary sheet that you can print […]

Filling foreign medical prescriptions in Finland

Prescriptions issued in other EU or EEA countries or Switzerland must be filled in Finland if they carry the following information: patient’s surname, first name and date of birth prescription’s date of issue information on the prescribing professional: surname, first name, professional qualification, direct contact information (e-mail address and phone number or fax with the […]