Doctors in turf war with pharmacists over ‘unlawful and unfair competition’
“A turf war” This is how HealthMan MD, Casper Venter, described the increasing competition between pharmacies and medical practitioners. “The emphasis should be on expanding access to all medicines,” said Venter.
The ‘turf war’ was caused by the proposed changes to Pharmacy Guidelines, which will broaden the scope of practice of pharmacists
to provide therapeutic guidance, and give diagnoses, and prescribe medication to patients.
MedicalBrief reports that the SA Medical Association (SAMA) is opposing the proposed amendments in a written submission to the South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC) in which it underscores its concern at what it deems an “over-reach” of pharmacists’ roles in broadening their scope. “Proposed changes to the Pharmacy Guidelines are “unlawful, unfair and not in the patients’ best interests”, says SAMA.