Controlled medicines and Aasandha
Controlled medicines are very difficult to acquire all the time. And the new Universal Health Insurance Scheme(Aasandha) requires us to be a bit more careful in planning to get these drugs via Aasandha.
Due to Yafaau‘s epilepsy, he has to take Clonazepam(Rivotril) 0.5mg 1/2 tab twice daily and has been prescribed from his first year on-wards. It has always been a challenge at times to get these medication because it is a Controlled Drug and will not be sold without a special prescription(Blue Prescription). Unlike normal Green ones these medicines are prescribed in Blue Prescription which will be kept at the Pharmacy. No copies would be provided by the Pharmacy if you don’t request for one.
We always make this prescription for 3 months but now that the new Aasandha is in-tact, their agreement with the Pharmacies limit prescribing for more than 2 months.
As the Blue Prescription will be kept with the Pharmacy, and it has nothing to do with Aasandha, you will have to remind your doctor that it should be written in the green prescriptions too as this will be kept with the Pharmacy for Aasandha billing.
Also, the Blue prescription had to be stamped from Red Area(Emergency/Casualty) but the Green prescription should be stamped from the PR counter near the Triage at IGMH.
I happen to bump into a situation today where a customer at STO Pharmacy at IGMH was shouting at the Pharmacists because the prescription had a different name than National ID Card! And she suggested to go back to doctor to correct it. The man was furious and resisted. So if you happen to be someone in a similar situation as mine, be sure to help them understand these points and bear in mind as it is your responsibility and not the Pharmacists’ ;
1. Name in the prescription as in ID Card.
2. Controlled drugs via Aasandha need a normal green prescription too.
3. Blue prescription need to be stamped from Public Relations Counter near the Triage.
4. Green prescription need to be stamped from Emergency or Casualty.
5. I was told by prominent Pediatrician Dr.Niyaf to always keep a copy of the prescription as a new regulation requires that there be a prescription for every medicine which is prescribed for more than 14 days.
If you happen to forget one of these points, all your wait in the queue will be useless and you have to take a new queue number again! I hope this article was helpful for all those who use Aasandha and are taking Controlled Medicines via the new scheme.