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

19 November 2020
By Connexion journalist

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.

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