On 1 January 2019, the regulations were changed so that health professionals who are treating you no longer need to ask for consent to see your prescriptions. Instead, you can now choose to block access to your prescriptions by health personnel.
You can read more about blocking health professionals' access to your prescriptions in E-prescription privacy and security (in Norwegian).
General practitioners (GPs)
Your GP can view all the prescriptions that have been issued for you. Locked prescriptions that have been locked with a reference number will only be visible to those who enter the prescription's reference number.
Your GP must consider whether you are receiving the appropriate medicines. It is therefore important that they have a complete overview of your prescriptions. Your GP needs to be able to identify medicines which cause effects that may influence each other, known as interactions.
Once you have received the items from the pharmacy or the bandagist, a notification will be sent to your GP to confirm this. This ensures that your GP is aware of the medicines you are taking at all times.
Every time an item is dispensed, you can opt out so that your GP will not receive notification, even if you have given your consent in the past. This is done at the pharmacy or the bandagist before they process the items. You must also do this in connection with locked prescriptions if you do not want your GP to be notified of the dispensing.
Dentists, midwives and public health nurses
Dentists, midwives and public health nurses can view prescriptions that they or others have issued for you.
Pharmacies and bandagists
Staff at pharmacies can view all your prescriptions, but only in order to serve you at the pharmacy or to send your medicines to you. The member of staff will first bring up a list of your valid e-prescriptions and can then download the prescription concerned.
If you do not want pharmacy staff to be able to search for your prescriptions, you can ask your GP to lock the prescription with a reference number. To enable the pharmacy to serve you, you must state the reference number when you collect the items.
Bandagists cannot view prescriptions for medicines.
Healthcare professionals can only search amongst your prescriptions when they have a legitimate need to do so as part of the service they are providing.
Such access will be recorded in an access log, where you can see who has searched amongst your prescriptions. Only access by pharmacies, bandagists and healthcare professionals will be shown.
You will find the access log in the health registry service at helsenorge.no (in Norwegian). Go to the Prescription Intermediary ("Reseptformidleren") in the list of health registries. You will also find a link to the Prescription Intermediary at the top of the medicines service ("legemiddeltjenesten") when you are logged in.
The access log will only be available to you. The service is not available on behalf of others, even to those with parental responsibility or authorisation.
If you suspect that someone has been searching amongst your prescriptions, you can submit a form in which you describe the activity in the log you are concerned about. You will find the form here: Suspected improper disclosure of prescription information (PDF, in Norwegian).
A locked prescription is used if you want your prescription to be visible only to those you choose to give the reference number to. You must ask your GP to lock the prescription with a reference number before they send the prescription to the Prescription Intermediary. You will then be given a reference number that you must tell your pharmacist or the bandagist in order to collect the items.