Pharmacy Found Selling Drugs at Exorbitant Prices

The Ho Chi Minh City Health Department made an inspection Thursday concerning the implementation of regulations regarding hospital pharmacies at the pharmacy of the International SOS Clinic, 65 Nguyen Du Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.

The agency found the pharmacy did not have a practitioner’s certificate from the Health Department. It sold medicines to patients, although it is not authorized to do so. Fourteen kinds of medicines at the pharmacy were sold at prices that were 1.66 – 33 times higher than their import prices. In addition, the pharmacy had no list of medicine prices.

At the pharmacy’s store, some pharmaceutical products, including Zyloric 100mg (280 tablets) and of Zyloric 300mg (476 tablets), were found to have no registration numbers.

According to the regulations regarding hospital pharmacies which took effect on Aug. 12, the ceiling profit rate for medicines provided by hospital pharmacies must only be  5 - 20 percent compared to import prices of medicines.

By K. Lien – Translated by Truc Thinh

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