Experience in building Pharmacy Law shared

The Pharmacy Law has helped strengthen State management over pharmacies and ensured the people’s right to quality medicine over its 10 years in existence, but now it needs to be updated, said Deputy Health Minister Pham Le Tuan.

Tuan made the statement on October 9 at a workshop where participants shared experience and discussed how to build a better Pharmacy Law to protect patients. The Drug Administration of Vietnam and the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam organised the event.

According to Tuan, the Ministry of Health recently submitted the 2005 Pharmacy Law to the National Assembly for revision.

Experience learnt at the workshop would help complete the amended law, he said.

Drug Administration Director Truong Quoc Cuong said the new law would tighten management over drug prices.

The law would include updated provisions of clinical pharmacies, clinical drug trials, pharmaceutical firms and the development of traditional medicine.

At the event, domestic and foreign experts on pharmaceuticals focused their discussions on how to raise health care quality and control distribution channels to ensure a constant supply of quality pharmaceutical products.-VNA