Table 1

Usual care, according to the Dutch Pharmacy Standard


Preceding the release check, prescriptions are routinely checked for drug interactions and contra-indications by the PAIS.


Discharge medication is delivered at the patients' home or is picked up by the patient or carer in the pharmacy.


Drugs are routinely delivered with a drug information leaflet but patients often are also handed supplementary personalized PAIS-generated information letters on newly prescribed drugs.


When the discharge medication is collected from the pharmacy, the patient or carer is also provided with additional oral information about newly prescribed drugs.

This includes an explanation of the drugs' actions, their use and of possible side effects.

First edition of 1996. The current (2nd) edition was introduced in 2006 (KNMP, The Hague).

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