Private doctors support option

24 June 2014

 

PETALING JAYA: The Federation of Private Medical Practitioner's Association Malaysia (FPMPAM) today came out in support of the call to give patients the option to choose where to buy their medication from.

Its president Dr Steven Chow said that this has been their policy all along as it gives the patients the freedom of choice.

"This choice lies in being able to receive consultation from a doctor and upon receiving the necessary prescriptions; the patient is free to choose if he or she wishes to purchase the medicine from the clinic or from a pharmacy. Patients can currently exercise this right," he said when commenting on theSun front page story titled "Option to get medication from clinics or pharmacies by next April" published on June 22.

Chow said giving patients the choice is ultimately the most cost-effective and convenient option and avoids monopolies by any party with vested interests.

However, he added, linking this issue with dispensing separation was unfortunate as that is a separate issue which must be studied in great depth as it removes the very option that the federation advocates strongly for - the choice of the patient to choose where to purchase medication.

"Dispensing separations has many ramifications and consequences, and should not be done simply to appease certain individuals with self-interest," he said, adding that the separation of dispensing will centralise all medicine distribution points at the pharmacy and this will overburden the public if you consider the weather conditions, traffic problems, accessibility of pharmacies and other logistic issues.

The FPMPAM believes that one of the ways forward is to encourage professional partnerships between pharmacists and their neighboring private clinics to provide patients with more choices as opposed to changing the system to one that will be discouraging to the rights and convenience of patients and increase the cost of medical care significantly.

 

Original article:
http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1092437

 

Go Back

Latest Updates

12 Aug 2018
Implementation of Data Breach Notification
Details >>

15-16 Sep 2018
2nd FPMPAM / IPH Annual Convention incorporating 1st FPMPAM Malaysian Healthcare Conference
Flyer >>

15-16 Sep 2018

1st FPMPAM Malaysian Healthcare Conference
Flyer >>

25 April 2018

Guidelines on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Medical Practitioners In Malaysia
Download >>

8 Mar 2018
Specialist Medical Practitioners Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Policies and Guidelines
Read >>


Recent Events

12 Aug 2018
Cardiothoracic Surgery & The General Practitioner
Flyer >>

 

15 April 2018
Medico-Legal Forum on "Medical Manslaughter - Aftershocks from Bawa Garba 2018".
Flyer >>

 

Date: 25 Nov 2017
Insight Into Clinical Radiology
Details

 

Date: 8 Oct 2017
Doctors' Day Celebration 2017
Details

 

Date: 16 & 17 Sep 2017
1st FPMPAM/IPH Annual Scientific Convention
Announcement || Souvenir Programme

 

Date: 8 & 9 Sep 2017
Nursing Conference 7.0 / Training Course for Clinic Personnel 9.0
Full details || Report

 

Latest Newsletter


go to newsletter section

 

Latest newsletter of Perak Medical Practitioners' Society
Click here >>

 

 

Resources / Links

Specialist Medical Practitioners Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Policies and Guidelines
Read >>

 

Joint Integrated Healthcare Committee (JIHC) Term Sheet
Click here >>

 

Joint Integrated Healthcare Committee (JIHC) Terms of Reference
Click here >>

 

National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency
Click here >>

 

NPRA: Reporting medicinal problems
Click here >>

 

Makluman Kontraindikasi Penggunaan Ubat Yang Mengandungi Codeine Untuk Kanak-Kanak Beumur Bawah 12 Tahun Dan Ibu Yang Menyusu Susulan Risiko Respiratory Depression
Click here >>

 

Peringatan: Langkah-Langkah Pengurangan Risiko Bagi Kesan Advers Kulit Tang Serius Susulan Penggunaan Allopurinol
Click here >>

 

VALPROATE
Guide for HCP >>
Patient Information >>
Sodium Valproate (Guide for HCP) >>

 

NDST Report 2011
Click here >>

 

Garis Panduan Pemantauan Keselamatan Produk ESAs dan Pelaporan Kesan Advers PRCA
Click here >>

 

Report On Suspected Adverse Drug Reactions
Click here >>

 

MADRAC KE 146 - Traditional Medicine found Adulterated
Read >>

BPFK website: Cancellation of Registered Traditional Products / Notified Cosmetics
Read >>


Pharmacy Services Division: List of Adulterated Products
Read >>

 

Pharmacy Services Division: Press Releases
Read >>