Saturday, December 06, 2008

Ministry says 85 City chemists meet standards

From Viet Nam News:
Around 85 drug stores in HCM City are qualified to meet the new Good Pharmacy Practices (GPP) standard.

This follows an order from the Ministry of Health last year that requires all pharmacies to meet the GPP standard by 2011 in order to remain in operation.

The GPP standard requires pharmacy owners to have a pharmacist’s certificate and a pharmacist always on duty. It further requires that drugs clearly display their origin of manufacture and instructions for storage and use.

Out of the 85 GPP-compliant drug stores, 41 are managed by city hospitals, with the rest being privately-owned.

Recently, the HCM City Department of Health has set a target to get 100 percent of the city’s pharmacies GPP-compliant in 2009. Out of the country’s approximate 3,816 pharmacies, 70 percent are in HCM City. ...more

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