Sunday, June 15, 2008

Pharmacies slow to adopt standards

From the Viet Nam News:
Lack of equipment and business competence could prevent the cities of Da Nang and Can Tho from setting up 30 pharmacies with Good Pharmacy Practice (GPP) standards by the end of this year.

The target was set by the Ministry of Health and affects four major cities, including Ha Noi and HCM City. It is part of a new plan to make sure all pharmacies nationwide by 2012 have a pharmacist’s certificate, drugs stored at below 30 degrees Celsius, proper pricing for goods and clear labelling for medicines showing the origin and instructions for use. If a drug store does not meet these standards in the allotted time, it will be shut down.

While Ha Noi has built 45 GPP pharmacies and HCM City 21, there have been no new drug stores set up in Da Nang or Can Tho, according to a recent report by the Drug Administration of Viet Nam. ...more

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