Saturday, December 06, 2008

Pharmacies 'join the chain'

From the Cape Town (S.Afr.) Independent:
A body representing the country's pharmacies wants to meet Health Minister Barbara Hogan to propose that pharmacies become part of the supply network, so allowing state patients to collect their medication there, rather than at state health facilities where long queues are problematic.

In an open letter to Hogan, United South African Pharmacies (Usap) asked that community pharmacists be allowed to distribute and fill prescriptions issued by public sector health services in an effort to reduce medicine costs, improve access to medication and eliminate long queues at overcrowded hospitals.

One of their proposals was that they be paid subsidies or delivery fees by the government in return for the service. ...more

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