KOTA KINABALU: Non-governmental organisations in the state are against the tabling of the Pharmacy Bill that advocates separation in the dispensing of medicine.
Social activist Datuk Patrick Sindu said the Pharmacy Bill would not only cause inconvenience to the public but also mess up the country’s healthcare system.
“According to this proposed bill, people who may already be too ill to sit or walk would need to go from the clinic to a pharmacy just to get their medication.
“This is not what sick people want, they want their medicine and go home as soon as possible,” he said.
Sindu added rural folk would also be burdened if the Bill is tabled and passed in Parliament as they need to fork our more money, i.e transportation, consultation fees as well as cost of the medicine.
Retiree Bianca Olac said that if the Bill was passed, people’s health would be at risk.
Olac who used to work with the Health Ministry, said patients going for treatment in government hospital or clinics now get their prescription from doctors and bring it to the pharmacist.
“When one of the medicines prescribed by the hospital is not available, the nurse or pharmacist on duty would immediately call the doctor for advice.
“Do you think pharmacists outside would do the same for patients if the Bill comes into affect?” she asked.
“They (pharmacists) would probably just find an alternative and tell the patient that the medicine they are giving is the same as the one prescribed by the doctor, but from a different company or brand,” Olac added.