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Sri Lanka pharmacies asked not to play doctor during Coronavirus curfew

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s pharmacies which are allowed to be open during a nation-wide curfew imposed to combat the spread of Coronavirus should not sell drugs without a prescription, the head of the island’s heath service has said.

“Pharmacy owners should never prescribe or sell medications for symptoms explained by the customer,” Anil Jasinghe, Director General of Health Services said in a statement.

“I appreciate the contribution of Pharmacies to the process of issuing medicines to the public during this period.

“I would like to emphasize that, the medicines that are not permitted to issue without prescription should not be issued to the public without prescription.”

Sri Lanka has been under curfew or work-at-home holiday from the third week of March to combat the spread of Coronavirus. (Colombo/Apr12/2020)

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