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Pharmacists complain about exchange prohibition
by Eui Kyoung Yoon (ekyeun@dreamdrug.com)
Published : Dec 15, 2014 08:08:58
Pharmacists don’t know how to use up the drugs in open bottles as exchanges of those drugs are not allowed any more. They can only exchange drugs only when they need prescribed drugs for patients urgently or pharmacies go out of business.

A pharmacist in Seoul said, “It is not the problem of my inventory management. All the problems come up because prescribers want a certain manufacturers.”

He added, “When 90 tablets are left in a 100-count bottle, the exchange is very useful. Now we can’t do that. We may ask the exchanges to be allowed as long as we keep pricing rules.”

Other pharmacist in Busan said, “Once a brand-name drug goes off patent, more than ten generic versions come out. Doctors change the manufacturers so often. They may still get kickbacks.”

Korean Pharmaceutical Association tried to persuade the government to allow the exchanges, but it failed. The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said it will execute the new regulation on drug exchanges strictly.
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