The Prescription Centre puts a prescription in a status of dispensing reservation when the pharmacy applies for its dispensing, and it clears the dispensing reservation once the pharmacy enters in the Prescription Centre that it has dispensed the medication. If the dispensing process is interrupted for some reason, the pharmacy system will cancel the dispensing reservation. To be on the safe side, the Prescription Centre removes every night at 4 am all unfulfilled dispensing reservations from the previous 24 hours.
A pharmacy may reserve a prescription for itself. Normally, this is carried out when the pharmacy has to order a medicine or when a patient has been prescribed a mixture prepared at the pharmacy. The reservation is removed automatically when the pharmacy dispenses the medication or cancels the reservation. The reservation is valid for up to 14 days, after which the Prescription Centre removes it.
Single dose distribution
A pharmacy carrying out single dose distribution must reserve a prescription for single dose distribution if no other pharmacy can dispense the medication in question. When the start of single dose distribution is agreed on with the client, the pharmacy will enter the prescription for single dose distribution by sending the reservation for single dose distribution to the Prescription Centre. The reservation for single dose distribution is in force until the pharmacy cancels it.
Medicines in single dose distribution are handed over to the client in batches of two weeks. Before handing over the medicines, the pharmacy must check with the Prescription Centre whether the prescriptions in single dose distribution have been corrected or cancelled. Dispensing data are stored in the Prescription Centre whenever a batch of medicine is supplied through the dose dispensing service.