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The Pharmacy Board of Colombia announced that, starting July 7, pharmacists will be allowed to dispense their own brand of Medication, instead of buying the Medication of another pharmacy.
The decision comes after a number of years of attempts to stop the sale of generic versions of Medications.
In 2016, President Juan Manuel Santos passed legislation that banned the use of generic pharmaceutical products in the country.
This year, the government introduced the Mediapart system, which allows pharmacies to sell the brand-name Medication at a discounted price.
The move is in line with other countries around the world that have introduced laws to protect generic versions.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that a generic version of a medicine is equivalent to the brand’s name, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has declared that generics must be given the same protection as their original, registered name.
In Cartagosa, the Pharmacy board said that Medication is currently available in a generic form, but the pharmacy is considering offering a brand of the medication.
The pharmacy board has been in discussions with the pharmacy chain since March, and hopes to offer the brand in the future.
In the meantime, the pharmacist can still buy Medication from the Pharmacists’ Association of Colombia, which is part of the national pharmacy network.