MoPH instructs pharmacies to accept prescriptions via WhatsApp

Doha: In light of the present public health crisis, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has authorised pharmacists to accept prescriptions written by doctors working remotely through e-mail or WhatsApp as a temporary remedy.

“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 between doctor and patient for diseases that do not require the patient to attend the clinic or chronic conditions supervised by the competent doctor,” said Dr Aisha Ibrahim Al-Nassari, Director of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Control, in a circular issued by MoPH.

The prescription must include all necessary information, including the date of issuance, the doctor’s licence number, and the patient’s personal identification number, in order to be approved. The prescription is only valid for one week from the date of issuance.

Narcotic narcotics and hazardous psychotropic substances covered by Law No. (9) of 1987 on drug control, dangerous psychotropic substances, and psychoactive drugs covered by Law No. (19) of 1993 on psychoactive drug circulation are excluded.

“From the date of issuance of the circular until further notice,” the ministry requested public and private pharmacies to “abide by the above.

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