THE MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH
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SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence - Freedom - Happiness
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No: 1847/2003/QD-BYT
Hanoi, May 28, 2003
 DECISION
PROMULGATING THE REGULATION ON WRITING OUT PRESCRIPTIONS AND SELLING DRUGS THEREON
THE MINISTER OF HEALTH
Pursuant to the Law on Protection of the People’s Heath, promulgated on July 11, 1989, and the Regulation on preventive and curative medicines for human beings, issued together with Decree No. 23/HDBT of January 24, 1991 of the Council of Ministers;
Pursuant to the Government’s Decree No. 68/CP of October 11, 1993 defining the functions, tasks, powers and organizational apparatus of the Ministry of Health;
At the proposals of the director of the Therapy Department and the director of Vietnam Pharmaceutical Management Department,
DECIDES:
Article 1.-To issue together with this Decision the Regulation on writing out prescriptions and selling drugs thereon.
Article 2.-The Regulation on writing out prescriptions and selling drugs thereon shall apply to the writing out of prescriptions as well as the sale and provision of drugs thereon for out-patient treatment, and shall not apply to the writing out of prescriptions for in-patient treatment as well as the prescription and the sale of traditional medicines.
Article 3.- This Decision takes effect 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette and replaces the Health Minister’s Decision No. 488/BYT-QD of April 3, 1995 promulgating the provisional Regulation on writing out prescriptions and selling drugs thereon.

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Article 4.- The director of the Office, the chief inspector and the director of the Therapy Department under the Health Ministry, the director of Vietnam Pharmaceutical Management Department, the general director of Vietnam Pharmaceutical Corporation, the directors of hospitals and institutes with hospital beds under the Ministry, the directors of the provincial/municipal Health Services and the heads of health sections of branches shall have to implement this Decision.
 
MINISTER OF HEALTH




Tran Thi Trung Chien
 
REGULATION
ON WRITING OUT PRESCRIPTIONS AND SELLING DRUGS THEREON
(Issued together with Decision No. 1847/2003/QD-BYT of May 28, 2003)
Chapter I
GENERAL PROVISIONS
Article 1.-Doctors may inscribe treatment indications for patients in the prescriptions or medical books, referred collectively to as the prescription. Prescriptions are doctors’ documents indicating the use of drugs for patients and

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