Pharmacies get labour relations changes

More controls for pharmacies to consider…..

pharmacy blacksAn amended set of rules for pharmacies relating to good pharmacy practice  were published for public comment by the South African Pharmacy Council, mainly related to labour relations and supervisory regulations regarding jobs and regulations are forthcoming.

The amendments are made in terms of the Pharmacy Act (1974 and refer to minimum standards and job descriptions for pharmacy technicians, pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy general assistants.

In amending the “rules of good pharmacy practice”, the procurement, storage and distribution of “thermolabile” pharmaceutical products is set down in terms of cold chain storage; issues such as  pharmacy courier services and even name tagging of pharmacy assistants set out and further regulations regarding the calculation of, dispensing fees outlined.

Pharmacies complain that they recently have been under severe strain recently in the light of new regulations on controlled pricing, with smaller pharmacies under extreme pressure to continue in operation against major retail chains opening dispensaries. The days of the “family chemist” are seeing their last, as owners become more involved in government’s stated policy to reduce the price of medicines.

Now introduced are issues on HIV testing carried out by many pharmacies countrywide. Associated bodies and stakeholders had until late December 2013 to submit public comment. The new regulations are awaited.

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