The Danish National Prescription Registry

Scand J Public Health. 2011 Jul;39(7 Suppl):38-41. doi: 10.1177/1403494810394717.


Introduction: Individual-level data on all prescription drugs sold in Danish community pharmacies has since 1994 been recorded in the Register of Medicinal Products Statistics of the Danish Medicines Agency.

Content: The register subset, termed the Danish National Prescription Registry (DNPR), contains information on dispensed prescriptions, including variables at the level of the drug user, the prescriber, and the pharmacy.

Validity and coverage: Reimbursement-driven record keeping, with automated bar-code-based data entry provides data of high quality, including detailed information on the dispensed drug.

Conclusion: The possibility of linkage with many other nationwide individual-level data sources renders the DNPR a very powerful pharmacoepidemiological tool.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Denmark
  • Drug Prescriptions* / standards
  • Drug Prescriptions* / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Pharmacoepidemiology*
  • Registries* / standards
  • Registries* / statistics & numerical data
  • Research