What is the Pharmaceutical Record?

The Pharmaceutical Record (DP) was created by the law of 30 January 2007 relating to the organisation of certain health care professions. Its implementation was entrusted to the National Council of the Chamber of Pharmacists.

The Pharmaceutical Record is a professional tool intended to secure dispensing for the benefit of the healthcare of patients.

For each recipient of health insurance benefits who wishes it, all drugs (both those that are prescribed and those recommended by a pharmacist) that have been issued during the course of the last four months are recorded, which enables the avoidance of risks of interaction between drugs and redundant treatments.

It facilitates the monitoring of quality and coordination of treatment through shared information. In addition to this, it enhances the patient-pharmacist relationship by further reinforcing exchange, dialogue and confidence. With the DP, the pharmacist improves the service to patients and public health, both in day to day life and in the hospital.

Examples of use cases

  • An individual is taking an antihistamine drug to treat hay fever. While on holiday she is stung by a mosquito. The patient is in discomfort from the bite and decides to go to the pharmacy to ask for some medicine to ease the pain. With DP, the pharmacist can access her treatment history. The pharmacist can see that she already takes tablets to treat her allergy. The pharmacist can then recommend a localised treatment (a cream) to avoid a redundancy in treatment.  
  • An individual has a cough. This is a dry cough which she finds uncomfortable. She decides to go to the pharmacy for advice. Using DP the pharmacist has access to her treatment history. He can see that she is receiving anti-asthmatic treatment. He can then recommend a drug that has no contraindication with their normal treatment.  
Modified: 07/03/2017