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  UN/EDIFACT  D.03A (Batch) Syntax version 3 Issue date 2003-06-23  
  Message type specification MEDPRE
MEDPRE 2 Medical prescription message  

TBG10 Healthcare

This specification provides the definition of the Medical prescription message (MEDPRE) to be used in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between trading partners involved in administration, commerce and transport.


1.1 Functional definition
The MEDPRE message is sent from a prescriber (issuer) of prescriptions (healthcare professionals, i.e. physician, dentist, or veterinarian) to a dispensing agent (i.e. pharmacy) in order to allow the dispenser to deliver dispensed medicines(s) for the treatment of a subject of care (patient, patient group, animal or animal group).

The MEDPRE message may also be sent via a relaying agent for storage until it is requested by a dispenser. Copies of the message may also be sent to parties entitled to receive a copy.

The MEDPRE message can also be used as a request for a prescription from a dispensing agent to a prescriber.

1.2 Field of application
The Medical prescription message may be used for both national and international applications. It is based on universal practice related to administration, commerce and transport, and is not dependent on the type of business or industry.

1.3 Principles
A Medical prescription is an order to a dispenser to prepare prescribed medicines for a patient or animal and either to send them to a specific address or to await collection at the pharmacy.

The following principles apply:

- A Medical prescription message is issued to one subject of care: one patient, a group of patients, an animal, a group of animals, or for use by the issuer himself.

- A Medical prescription message contains one prescription set which contains one or more prescription items, each of these for one medicinal product and/or appliance.

- The prescribed medicinal product(s) can be identified by registered name, industry code, or a generic drug name.

- The prescription may also be used for non-prescription medicinal products and/or appliances and other material from the pharmacy according to national regulations and local rules.

- A prescription may contain extemporaneously dispensed medicines identified by a recipe.

- The individual prescription item may contain information concerning repeat dispensing.

- The individual prescription item as well as a complete prescription set may contain information concerning payment guarantor and payment details.

- The dispensed medicine(s) can be delivered to the party at the pharmacy or alternatively sent to a specific address. All prescription items in a prescription set have the same delivery information.

See UNTDID, Part 4, Chapter 2.3 UN/ECE UNSM - General Introduction, Section 1.


3.1 Standard terms and definitions
See UNTDID, Part 4, Chapter 2.3 UN/ECE UNSM - General Introduction, Section 2.

3.2 Message terms and definitions
The word "prescription" is used for the prescribing of one single prescribed medicine. The word "prescription set" is used for one or more prescriptions for prescribed medicines generated at the same time.


4.1 Data segment clarification
This section should be read in conjunction with the segment table which indicates mandatory, conditional and repeating requirements.
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