Expired medical prescriptions can still be used in France
The government rules that repeat prescriptions can continue to be filled during the coronavirus lockdown for a limited period, even if they have expired
Pharmacists in France have been authorised to issue drugs on repeat prescriptions that have expired during the second coronavirus lockdown.
Following a similar decision made during the first confinement period back in Spring, the government has permitted the filling of repeat medications on expired prescriptions for a limited period - depending on the treatment - to reduce the need for visits to the doctor.
Only repeat prescriptions will be filled, and the pharmacist will advise the GP when such a prescription is re-filled.
For chronic disease, the maximum period allowed is one month; for contraceptive pill, the period is three months; and for opioid substitution treatments the limit is 28 days - with the approval of the prescribing doctor.
Under certain conditions, prescribed nursing care may also continue under an expired order.