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No decision on dispensing separation, says Subra

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has yet to decide on the medicine dispensing separation, Parliament was told today.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam said the ministry would not make a decision that would burden the public in any way including on cost.

He was responding to a question by Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali (BN- Bagan Serai) on the update for the medicine dispensing separation proposal.

Dr Subramaniam said it became an issue after National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau has given suggestion to him to amend the Pharmacist Act 1951.

“Most of the suggestions were to improve the level of pharmaceutical industry in the country to help the public,” he said.

He said the bureau suggested among others, the dispensing separation to increase the level of prescribing and to improve the standard of prescribing.

“I have informed the bureau that the current system that we use, which is the dispensary of the medicines at the clinics have benefitted the people in terms of convenience and cost, thus we don’t see the need to change this,” he said, adding that some countries like the United States and the United Kingdom have implemented the dispensing separation system.

“The medical fraternity had already discussed the matter and has given their feedback. I will look into the feedback, but I can say that the ministry will not make a decision that will burden the public,” he said.-nst

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