The Viability of Online Pharmacies in COVID-19 Era in Korea

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1 Division of Medical Products Safety, Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, Cheongju, South Korea

2 Division of Toxicology, College of Pharmacy, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, South Korea

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Introduction

South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (henceforth referred to as “Korea”), ranks high in e-commerce (4th, 2018), and has competitive digital industry in information and communication technologies (ICT) (2nd, 2017).1,2 However, Korea is one of only two countries that have not allowed online pharmacy among the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. Although ‘doctor-todoctor’ telemedicine was recognized by the revision of the Medical Service Act in 2003, telemedicine is still not widely implemented in Korea as a result of prohibition of ‘doctor-to-patient’ telemedicine... (Read more...)

 

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