Health Minister Wael Abu Faour speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Health Minister Wael Abu Faour announced Sunday that he would not back down from calling on Lebanese doctors to adopt a unified prescription form.However, The Order of Physicians, which was tasked to print the form, refused to adopt the decision before the National Social Security Fund amends its bylaws, which do not allow pharmacists to sell patients a substitute for the medicine prescribed, preventing patients from switching to generic drugs without a doctor's consent.The health minister said that he was "suspicious" of the motives behind rejecting the proposal to adopt a unified prescription form, while stressing that the move would benefit doctors and patients alike.
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