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Regulators plan to audit pharmacies in small hospitals
by Eui Kyoung Yoon (ekyeun@dreamdrug.com)
Published : Dec 22, 2014 14:29:33
The government plans to audit small to medium-sized hospitals that may not follow the requirement of hiring pharmacists.

Lee Nam Hee, official of pharmaceutical and medical products policy department, the Ministry of Health and Welfare, said at a discussion session led by the Korean Pharmaceutical Association, “Some small hospitals don’t follow the guideline of the number of pharmacists required and pharmacists are also unwilling to work for them.”

Lee said, “The audits are not for punishing them. We will check whether pharmacists fill prescriptions and manage the inventory of prescription drugs. I know there will be a hearing about the issue in Congress and the Ministry of Health and Welfare is also watching it.”

Recently Park Yun Ok, congresswoman, proposed a bill that allows nurses to fill prescriptions. Small hospitals with financial difficulties usually don’t hire pharmacists and let nurses fill prescriptions.
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