In a circular addressed to public and private pharmacy managers on 9 January 2022, the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has said that it was decided temporarily to accept prescriptions issued by doctors working remotely by e-mail or WhatsApp of doctor and patient for diseases that do not require the patient to attend clinic, or chronic conditions supervised by the competent doctor.
The full statement read:
Considering the public interest and due to the current circumstances of the high rates of COVID-19 among citizens and residents as well as doctors working in the health sector, it was decided temporarily to accept prescriptions issued by doctors working remotely by email or WhatsApp of Doctor and patient for diseases that do not require the patient to attend clinic, or chronic conditions supervised by the competent doctor. To be accepted, the prescription must contain full data, especially the date of issuance, the doctor's license number, the patient's personal number. The validity of such prescription is only one week from the date of issuance.
Excluded from this is the narcotic drugs and dangerous psychotropic substances subject to Law No. (9) of 1987 on control of drugs, dangerous psychotropic substances, and psychoactive drugs subject to Law No. (19) of 1993 regulating the circulation of psychoactive substances. To abide by the above from the date of issuance of the circular until further notice.
Dr. Aisha Ibrahim Al-Nassari
Director of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Control
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