Saturday, September 15, 2007
COMPULSORY PRE-PACKAGING OF DISPENSED MEDICINES BY JANUARY 2008
By pre-packaging medicines, doctors and pharmacists will only be able to buy drugs in expensive small dispensing units and will not be able to enjoy economical price in bulk.
Years ago, cough mixtures were banned in bulk gallon form in Malaysia and could only be sold in pre-packaged 2 oz bottles to prevent codeine abuse by drug addicts. This cause the cost of cough mixtures to increase significantly by as much as 50%.
By pre-packaging medicines, the cost of all type of preparation i.e. mixtures,pills,cream ointment that treat fever, colds, allergies and simple illness will be increased. This will lead to the prices of medicines increase again, the patients have to absorb the rising costs of medicines ultimately.
Therefore, don't surprise that the price of health care will be increased( may be double) significantly in Malaysia by January 2008.