SAMJ: South African Medical Journal
On-line version ISSN 2078-5135
Print version ISSN 0256-9574
DU TOIT, K; NAICKER, S and BODENSTEIN, J. Implementation of electronic scripts in South Africa. SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. [online]. 2015, vol.105, n.9, pp.724-725. ISSN 2078-5135. http://dx.doi.org/10.7196/SAMJNEW.7920.
The legal framework in South Africa (SA) provides for strict requirements regarding prescriptions. However, pharmacists are still confronted daily with illegible handwritten scripts, increasing the risk of medication errors. E-prescribing is being implemented in SA to overcome these disadvantages. The general regulations made in terms of the Medicines and Related Substances Act as well as the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act must be read conjointly for the purposes of understanding the legal framework of electronic prescriptions in SA.