“SA health professionals are up in arms over proposed changes in new pharmacy guidelines,” reported Cape Argus (13 September 2021). In a submission to the SA Pharmacy Council the SA Medical Association (Sama) is opposing the proposed changes that will allow pharmacists to provide diagnoses as well as prescribe medication to patients, saying pharmacists are not educated, trained or experienced in treating patients.

SAMA chairperson Angelique Coetzee said what is being proposed falls far outside the scope of pharmacy and squarely within the scope of general and certain specialist medical practices.

SAMA said issues with the amendments will be addressed with stakeholders which include the SA Pharmacy Council and the Department of Health in order to protect the public.

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