Coronavirus in Sweden: How to collect someone else’s medicines from a pharmacy

Coronavirus in Sweden: How to collect someone else's medicines from a pharmacy
People over 70 or in risk groups have been urged to avoid shopping, so here's how you can help. Photo: Hasse Holmberg/TT
People aged over 70 or with certain pre-existing conditions are especially vulnerable to the new coronavirus, and have been asked to stay at home as much as possible and avoid going out to shops. If you're collecting medicine for someone who can't do it themselves, here's what you need to know.

The advice also applies if you're collecting a prescription for someone showing any symptoms that could be linked to the coronavirus (including a cough, fever, sore throat or runny nose). People showing these symptoms have also been asked to stay at home in order to reduce the spread of the virus.

In order to collect someone else's prescription, you will need a proxy or designation of authority, called fullmakt in Swedish.

This is fairly simple to do, and there are a few different methods.

You can register on the e-Hälsomyndigheten website by clicking this link, using BankID.

Alternatively, you can register online on the website of most pharmacy chains. Again, the person who is giving you proxy rights will need BankID.

Here are the relevant pages on the major pharmacy chains: Apoteket, Apotek Hjärtat, Kronans Apotek, and Apoteksgruppen.

If you don't have BankID or prefer pen and paper, you can print out and sign the relevant form here, and take it into a pharmacy.

If you're collecting medicines for another adult, use the form Ge en privatperson rätt att sköta dina apoteksärenden (Give a private person the right to carry out your pharmaceutical affairs) and if you'll be collecting them for someone else's child, use the form Ge en privatperson rätt att sköta ditt barns apoteksärenden (Give a private person the right to carry out your child's pharmaceutical affairs).

The person you are collecting the medicines for will need to sign the section titled Fullmaktsgivare, and your details go into the section Fullmakt ska gälla för.

They can choose if you will act as a proxy until further notice (tillsvidare) or until a specific date, and you both need to sign the form.

Remember to bring a valid proof of ID to the pharmacy when you pick up the prescription. 

Or if you prefer not to go to the pharmacy yourself, you can also use a proxy to order prescription medicines online using services such as

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