A Pharmacist displays medicinal products in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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After a decade long effort, unified prescription forms will finally be circulated as of early March. Policymakers and industry stakeholders say the adoption of unified prescription forms will expand the market share of generic drugs in Lebanon, saving money for both patients and the government. The bylaws required pharmacists to sell to patients only the medication written on the prescription form.The bylaws are now being changed to allow patients to purchase generic medications, and on Feb. 19 the Order of Physicians agreed to begin printing the unified prescription forms starting in March. The forms will be purchased by doctors throughout the country, and will include three copies: one for physicians, one for the patient and one for the pharmacist. Head of the Order of Physicians Antoine Boustani expressed support for the unified prescription forms, saying amending the NSSF bylaws was necessary prior to adopting the forms as it would ensure that patients are reimbursed for generic medications they choose to substitute for name brands.When the doctor does not stop substitution, and the patient chooses a different drug than the one prescribed, pharmacists must document that patient's acceptance of the substituted drug at the time of purchase.
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