KUALA LUMPUR: There must be thorough discussions and studies on the proposal for the separation of prescribing and dispensing in the country, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (pic).
Although the separation is seen as important, it has to be implemented after taking into account the patient’s need and interest, he said.“On the separation of the functions of the clinic and pharmacy, we are now talking to the two sides. I have emphasised the importance of patient-centric care or patient-centered methodology, and it must be patient-based.
“We have to understand and take several parameters for consideration if we want to implement the practice which is in place in other countries,” he said after launching the 1st World Congress on Falls and Postural Stability 2019 (1st WCFPS 2019) which will take place from Dec 4 to 7.
Dzulkefly said that if the system is implemented without careful consideration, various issues and problems involving patients can arise, such as the patient having difficulty finding a pharmacy after getting a prescription.
Thus, he said that convenience and welfare must be emphasised.
“Nevertheless, I feel there is still room for discussion,” he said.
Malaysia will host the inaugural WCFPS 2019, which is scheduled to be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
Organised by the Malaysian Society of Geriatric Medicine and British Geriatrics Society, the conference is expected to bring together 1,000 international and local delegates. It will feature global experts in the line-up of plenary speakers.
Dr Dzulkefly said older people have the highest risk of death or serious injury arising from a fall.
In Malaysia, preliminary results of the National Health and Morbidity Survey in Older Persons in 2018 shows that 15% of older Malaysians fall at least once a year.
He said it is crucial for Malaysia to create awareness on the problems faced by older adults.
“Early awareness is important. Many have talked of the ageing population but not many see what preparation has to be made. So, we hope to benefit from this congress,” he said. — Bernama