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Medicines, chemicals, vaccinations

A doctor decides whether prescription medication is needed, and medicines are purchased from a pharmacy. Almost all healthcare units and all pharmacies have adopted the electronic prescription system. Patients have the right to get a paper prescription, if they refuse the electronic one.

Part of the cost of prescription medication is reimbursed at the pharmacy when a Kela health insurance card is presented. Reimbursement can also be claimed afterwards. In the event of medicine-related injuries, compensation can be claimed. Pharmacies provide advice on the use of over-the-counter drugs.

Children are immunised at child welfare clinics with their parents’ consent, in accordance with the vaccination programme. People who travel abroad receive advice and vaccinations from health centres. Information on vaccinations is provided by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), among others.

The Finnish Medicines Agency (Fimea) is responsible for the regulation of pharmaceuticals.

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