In April this year the Ministry of Health introduced new rules to make it easier for you to provide electronic prescriptions to support virtual care. This is especially important during this Covid-19 epidemic when exchanging paper prescriptions between prescriber, patient and pharmacy is burdensome, challenging and unsafe.
Some of the rules apply to systems that are integrated to the New Zealand Electronic Prescription Service (NZePS). Others are temporary and will expire when the Covid-19 alert levels are lowered.
The temporary waiver for non-NZePS signature exempt prescriptions will now expire on 23 December 2020. This extension enables systems and settings that are working towards NZePS integration to complete this work.