“Available Medicines” in Martial Law: How to Get a Prescription and Find a Pharmacy

It is important that patients with chronic illnesses do not stop taking the medication prescribed by their doctor. This will help control your health and prevent deterioration. The Affordable Care Act continues to work for these patients.

How to get a recipe

Under martial law, patients can receive “Affordable Medicines” in both electronic and paper prescriptions. You can get a paper prescription from any primary care physician, regardless of whether the patient has signed a statement with that physician.

Thanks to this, even in the event of a power outage or the Internet, the doctor will be able to make a prescription and the pharmacy will be able to cancel it. The National Health Service reimburses pharmacies for the cost of medicines both electronically and on paper.

We also remind you that the doctor with whom the patient has signed a statement can write a prescription over the phone. The prescription number and confirmation code will be sent to the patient’s phone.

How to find a pharmacy

Due to the situation in the country, not all pharmacies can dispense “Available Medicines”. We recommend that you search for a pharmacy with “Available Medications” with the help of the “Electronic Card of Pharmacies Participating in the Drug Reimbursement Program”. On the second page of the dashboard, in the filters to the left of the “Released” column, check the box next to the word “Yes.” This will filter out pharmacies that dispense “Available Medicines.” Notice the date the recipe was last released. It is located in the last column of the table, which is at the bottom of the map. Choose pharmacies that have published “Affordable Medicines” in the last seven days.

Thus, according to the board, 1,183 pharmacies are currently launching Affordable Medicines. These are 10,482 drug outlets nationwide.

Selected regions:

  • Chernivtsi region – 36 pharmacies (247 places of rest)
  • Kyiv region – 508 pharmacies (529 vacation rentals)
  • Sumy Region – 46 pharmacies (295 places of rest)
  • Kharkiv region – 94 pharmacies (718 places of rest)
  • Donetsk region – 58 pharmacies (432 places of rest)
  • Luhansk Region – 22 pharmacies (213 places of rest)
  • Kherson Region – 60 pharmacies (267 places of rest)
  • Mykolaiv region – 65 pharmacies (278 places of rest)
  • Zaporizhzhia Region – 59 pharmacies (477 places of rest)

Employees at the NSZU Contact Center at 16-77 will also help find a pharmacy with affordable medications.

Before you go to the pharmacy, we advise you to call and find out if you have the medicine you need. You can also ask the pharmacy staff to book it for you. Pharmacy phones are also on the desk.

We remind you that under the Affordable Medicines Program, patients with chronic illnesses can receive medications for free or for a small surcharge. These are diseases such as cardiovascular asthma, bronchial asthma, type 2 diabetes (the prescription for them is prescribed by a family doctor). And also: drugs for mental and behavioral disorders, epilepsy and diabetes mellitus (prescriptions are prescribed by specialized specialists: psychiatrists, neurologists, endocrinologists).

The National Health Service of Ukraine paid more than 44 million UAH in pharmacies for “Affordable Medicines” and insulin released to patients in February.

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