Deputy PM calls for strict control over medicine sales

Tuesday, 2018-05-22 11:05:23
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Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam has asked for thorough management over drugs nationwide. (Photo: VGP)
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NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has asked the health sector to thoroughly manage the sale of medicines across the country, through using links to electronic medical records software, electronic prescriptions, hospital management and medical insurance payments to ensure benefits for patients.

The Deputy PM chaired a working session at the Government Headquarters with the Ministry of Health (MOH) yesterday on the implementation of the national drug supply chain management system.

The move aims to realise one of the contents under the resolution issued at the sixth plenum of the 12th Party Central Committee on enhancing the protection, care and improvement of the people's health in the new situation. In particular, it set a goal of strictly managing the drug distribution system to ensure control over drug origins and prices.

According to the report from the MOH, the system has updated and standardised over 52,000/60,000 lists of medicines; integrated two drugstore management platforms that allow connection to other drugstores software; and ensured the sales management, control of origin, and prices of medicines purchased and sold at each drugstore nationwide. The MOH has conducted pilot training in a number of pharmacies in Vinh Phuc (20), Phu Tho (12) and Hung Yen (1,047) in order to evaluate the process.

As planned, the entire system of hospital pharmacies and commune medical clinics will be connected by the end of 2018. By 2019, the health sector will connect all pharmacies to complete the interconnected management of the entire drug system nationwide.

This is the third meeting between Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam and the Ministry of Health on the implementation of the national drug supply chain management system. (Photo: VGP)

Deputy PM Dam proposed that the system must meet all of the requirements of the pharmacies, including the forecast of drug consumption in the future, to support the domestic drug business.

In addition, there should be training with specific documents and videos for pharmacies in joining the system, as well as surveying the current reality in order to apply the appropriate conditions with the operation of medicine counters and facilities in rural areas, such as mobile phone connections instead of computers, the senior government official noted.

After deploying the system, the health sector must manage the whole quality, input, output and prices of medicines, he said, adding that transparency is to help people know the origin and validation of the medicines.