Aut idem

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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Pharmaceutical term (literal translation: or equivalent) by which the doctor allows a pharmacist to give a patient a medicinal product which is different from, but with the same active substance as, the medicinal product prescribed by name. On the prescription forms currently prescribed (model 16), there is an "aut idem index" which must be actively deleted if the automatically granted permission for an alternative substance is explicitly denied (the printed initial state thus corresponds to "aut idem"). The exact "aut idem regulation" was agreed upon between the German Pharmacists' Association and the leading associations of health insurance companies in a framework agreement (current version: January 17, 2008).

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