Parents now need ID card to buy kid’s medicine

A new regulation which requires the identity card number of a parent or guardian in the prescription form to buy medicines for a child aged six or less is making parents uneasy. A customer at a pharmacy on Quán Sứ Street in Hanoi. Parents in Vietnam will need to present their ID card numbers when buying children’s medicine from March 1 The new circular regulating prescription for outpatient children will become effective from March 1. According to the new requirement introduced by the Health Ministry, besides mentioning the name and age of the child, the name and age of the parent or guardian, family address, health insurance card number, diagnosis, medicine names and doctor’s advice will also need to be provided to purchase medicines. The ID card number can either be the old nine-digit number or the new 12-digit number. The Health Ministry said the move was aimed at monitoring drugs taken by children to ensure safety. A woman named Nguyễn Thị N. told Tuổi Trẻ (Youth) newspaper that her husband’s name was written on her child’s health insurance card but when she took her child to the district hospital for a medical examination, the doctor asked for the ID card of the child’s father. The woman was in a fix as her husband worked 500km away from home. Parents facing a similar situation are confused as they don’t know how to cope with the new regulation. Meanwhile, paediatric doctors have said the requirement is impractical and are concerned that… [Read full story]

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