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Pharmacies In UAE Told To Stop Offering Discounts For Medicine



The Ministry of Health in UAE told pharmacies to stop the practice of offering five to 10 percent discounts on medicines.


"The ban on discount will apply on over-the-counter medicines where the Ministry of Health has set prices. There was always a rule to not offer discounts, however, it was not one that was highly monitored. Hence, there was the practice of offering discounts," a top official at a leading hospital network told Gulf News.


Violating the rule comes with stiff fines.


According to the report's sources, the authorities did not want to see a rash of competitive discounts being offered by pharmacies to pump sales, especially in such a vital category.


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