Sunday, April 27, 2008

How some Asian nations handled dispensing split

From the New Straits Times (Malaysia):
Dispensing of medicine by pharmacists and not doctors is not just a western practice. It is the norm in several Asian countries, including India, Korea, the Philippines and even Indonesia.
It became legal in Indonesia in 1964, the Philippines in 1969, India in 1988, and in South Korea in 2000.

It is common to find 24-hour pharmacies in these countries.

Besides 24-hour pharmacies, the Philippines' 72 public hospitals also render 24-hour pharmaceutical services, said Romeo L. Manalo, assistant secretary of the Office of Standard Pacific Affairs at the Philippines' Department of Health. ...more

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