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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The Order of Physicians announced it would begin printing the new unified prescription form after the National Social Security Fund agreed to amend its bylaws, which represented the last obstacle to its implementation.Under legislation passed by Parliament in March 2010, patients, pharmacists, and health care providers will now all use the same prescription forms, which will include the names of doctors in addition to their telephone and registration numbers.Although it backs the use of the forms, the Order of Physicians had argued that an amendment to the NSSF's bylaws was necessary to properly implement the legislation.The Order refused to start printing the forms until the NSSF amended this article.Boustani stressed that the Order's decision to begin printing the form did not come as a result of the minister's pressure, but simply because the NSSF had finally agreed to make the changes.
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