All prescriptions must be issued electronically. A prescription may be issued in paper format only during disruptions and in exceptional situations.
An electronic prescription is a prescription written and signed electronically by a physician. It is saved in a centralised database called the Prescription Centre. The Prescription Centre is controlled by Kela. The national Prescription Centre contains all electronic prescriptions and the related entries made by pharmacies. Any pharmacy can issue medication based on the data in the Prescription Centre.
Electronic prescription and their pharmacy entries are stored in the Prescription Centre for 30 months, i.e. 2.5 years. After that, they are transferred to another centralised database called the Prescription Archive.
The patient can view their prescription information in the My Kanta online service. In My Kanta, adults can view their prescriptions, the validities of the prescriptions and the number of doses remaining on them. You can log in to My Kanta using your online banking credentials or your electronic identity card (HST card).
For more information, please visit www.kanta.fi/en.