The decree on the 'Regulation for the Prescription of Medicines in Conformity with their International Nonproprietary Name (INN) for the Costa Rican private market' has been promoted by the Ministry of Health since 2018 and establishes that all doctors, dentists and obstetricians are obliged to prescribe medicines by their international non-proprietary name or generic name and not by brand name. The regulation also adds that doctors will be able to include the brand name of the medicine in the prescription if there are 'clinico-pharmacological reasons' that justify recommending that product.
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