03 Jan '12, 1am

Mandatory records for pharmacy-bought meds

Mandatory records for pharmacy-bought meds

Watsons senior pharmacist Lu Siu Ying watches as a consumer fills up her personal data before getting her medicine. HSA said the records can let pharmacists follow up with consumers in case there are issues about the use and quality of drugs or if the drugs are recalled. -- ST PHOTO: TERRENCE LIM By Melissa Pang Consumers who buy certain types of drugs direct from pharmacies without a doctor's prescription can expect to have their personal details recorded at the point of sale from Feb 1. They will have to give the pharmacist their name, identity card number and contact details. The name of the drug as well as its dosage details and quantity purchased will also be recorded, along with the purpose of treatment. The push for record keeping by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) is meant to protect consumers.

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