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BANGKOK 17 June 2019 07:42
arithai12

How to report a hospital refusing to sell medication?

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I have gotten prescriptions from Doctors at Government run clinics and had the prescription filled at the Thai GPO.  

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17 hours ago, Sheryl said:

Hospital pharmacies serve the needs of the hospital's other services (inpatient and  outpatient care) and are not public pharmacies. They are under no obligation to sell to the general public on demand and I do not know of any who do so.

My information was from two doctors of CM Ram, who told me (independently) that their prescriptions would be honored at any other hospital/pharmacy. And in fact, many years ago I had a prescription from hospital A, they were out of it, and I got the medication at hospital B.

On another occasion, I inquired about the price of a medication at hospital C, and they told me that to sell it they would need a prescription from a doctor, no mention that it would have to be their own doctor.

 

I will do some more inquiries.

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17 hours ago, BritManToo said:

No need for a prescription or hospital, you can buy almost any drug you can name over the counter at a Thai pharmacy.

I'd suggest Dara Pharmacy (opposite Dara Academy and McCormick hospital in Kaeonawarat Road) as they seem to have everything I've ever asked for at decent prices.

 

The pharmacy near the corner of Thae Pae gate also seems reasonable.

Fascino (Suthep Road), were the most expensive place I asked, between 30% & 300% more for the same drugs Dara was selling.

 

If I may compare just one 'brand name' blood pressure drug I purchased recently,

Fascino 1,050bht, my SanSai corner drug store 800bht, Dara 300bht.

Same drug, same quantity, same box in each store.

The one I need is prescription-only. Not to be found at "corner drug stores", unfortunately. Also not available as "thai made" product with identical composition.

But yes I am aware of the wide range of prices and overpricing. Almost double price in one hospital compared to the other.

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2 minutes ago, arithai12 said:

The one I need is prescription-only. Not to be found at "corner drug stores", unfortunately. Also not available as "thai made" product with identical composition.

But yes I am aware of the wide range of prices and overpricing. Almost double price in one hospital compared to the other.

Why be shy?, name the drug, I'll bet I can buy it over the counter.

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😕😕😕 Who in there right minds would go to a hospital for prescription drugs? Pharmacies are up to 90%  less than hospital prices!!!

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That pharmacy is part of Bangkok Hospital Chiang Mai, and obviously not a public one. It is only understandable that the don't honour 3rd party prescriptions. You stated medications there are considerably cheaper. Well, not to my own experience. I compared their prices with 1st class pharmacies in Chiang Mai (Fascino, First Drug), and Bangkok Hospital Pharmacy turned out to be 40 % more expensive. I recommend Fascino where I so far got every medication I wanted without prescription, except Dexamethason.

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8 minutes ago, paddyfield7 said:

I recommend Fascino where I so far got every medication I wanted without prescription, except Dexamethason.

You need to try a few more pharmacies.

Fascino is the most expensive I found charging 1,050bht for a drug I paid 300bht for in Dara.

(Same brand/box/content)

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