The Second Trial for Getting the Right to Prescribe Medical Nutrition Products in Finland
  • The Association of Clinical and Public Health Nutritionists in Finland has tried to change the current situation of how medical nutrition products are prescribed in Finland. This is in order to get financial support from the state when buying these products.  At present, only medical doctors are allowed to prescribe these products. 
     
    Our first trial was five years ago, and at that time the nurses got limited rights to prescribe certain medicines.  As a result of our initiative we almost managed to get the prescription rights for dietitians, too.  Unfortunately, dietitians (or clinical nutritionists -  this term is more often used in Finland) were removed from the final law text.
    Last autumn we had a second opportunity.  Our association received an invitation from the Ministry of Health to continue the discussion of the possibility to get the authority to write and sign prescriptions for medical nutrition products for those patients, whose need for these products is confirmed by a medical doctor.
     
    The process is still going on, so we don’t know what the outcome will be. But we are very optimistic and looking forward to changing the current situation. 
     
    Our colleagues in the neighboring country, Sweden, already have these rights.
     
    Leena Rechardt
    Executive Director
    The Association of Clinical and Public Health Nutritionists in Finland