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KPA is on the alert for government's reforms
by Eui Kyoung Yoon (ekyeun@dreamdrug.com)
Published : Nov 30, 2014 04:24:50
The Korean Pharmaceutical Association (KPA) is alert as the government wants to loosen some regulations to create jobs and induce investments in the healthcare industry.

Business interest groups also request that the healthcare industry should be open to non-healthcare providers and President Park seems to agree with them.

The KPA’s biggest concern is that the government may allow online drugstores to sell prescription drugs and more convenience stores to sell OTC drugs.

The KPA pointed convenience stores didn’t recall 25.7% of Children’s Tylenol Suspension immediately and 70% of the stores violated rules, according to the latest survey by KPA.

The KPA said 322 cases of adverse reactions with first-aid products were reported to Korea Institute of Drug Safety & Risk Management for the first half of 2013, so it will cause more harm to public health if more convenience stores are allowed to sell them.

It insisted that online drugstores would ruin the order of pharmaceutical distribution and cause illegal transactions.
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