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Proposal to allow nurses to fill prescriptions
by Eui Kyoung Yoon (ekyeun@dreamdrug.com)
Published : Dec 16, 2014 16:56:12
Park Yun Ok, Congresswoman, is about to propose a new bill that allows nurses to fill prescriptions for patients under the supervision of doctors, according to the Committee of Health and Welfare in Congress.

Park has already acquired signatures from nine congress people and is talking with the Ministry of Health and Welfare and interest groups about her proposal.

The outlines of Park’s proposal is allowing a nurse to fill a prescription when a doctor treats a patient in emergency, when a doctor does an operation or a procedure, and when a doctor has clear difficulty in filling a prescription.

Park’s aide said, “Nurses are actually filling prescriptions while violating pharmacy law. When a doctor is seeing a patient or doing some procedure, the doctor can’t fill a prescription.”

He added, “Many healthcare providers have been punished for letting nurses fill prescriptions. The proposal is kind of urgent. Somebody should take care of it.”

Korean Pharmaceutical Association has visited the congresswoman’s office and raised a strong objection to her proposal.
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