Docs and vets oppose dispensing of meds by pharmacies

21 April 2015


PETALING JAYA: A total of 17 medical associations have called on the Health Minister to do away with the proposal to separate the dispensing of medicine.

The proposal comes with the Pharmacy Bill, which if passed, will require patients to visit a pharmacy separately after seeing a doctor to get medicine, as opposed to the current system of receiving medication from the doctor.

The organisations, made up of medical doctors, dentists and veterinarians, signed a memorandum to oppose the proposed changes during a forum organised by the Federation of Private Medical Practitioners’ Malaysia (FPMPAM) last Saturday.

FPMPAM president Dr Steven Chow said the current physician-based system was cost-saving, convenient, patient-centric and preferred by patients and the public.

“Those who oppose this existing system have not produced proper studies indicating the ill-effects or negative aspects of this system in Malaysia.

“Any move to create a system of dispensing separation has to first obtain the views of the public,” he said in a press statement.

Dr Chow said this was because countries where dispensing was separate usually had a single third-party payment system – such as social health insurance.

“In Malaysia, private healthcare service is fee-for-service, paid out-of-pocket by the patient or by private funds.

“Thus, the patient’s preference is paramount. The right of where to get medication is the patient’s right and should not be taken away,” he said.

Among others, the signatories of the memorandum urged the minister to ensure that the right of choice for medication dispensing remained with patients.

They also called on the minister to expunge from the proposed Bill all clauses that hinder the legal rights of doctors and all authorised professionals to dispense permitted medicine.

Dr Chow said dispensing separation was “a dangerous move” and would create a monopoly in the supply of medication used in the treatment of common diseases.

“Any enforced withdrawal of the dispensing function of doctors is the first step by the pharmaceutical industry to control the import, supply, access, sales and price of medicine,” he said.



Originally published in


Go Back


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 >>

12 Aug 2018

Cardiothoracic Surgery & The General Practitioner
Flyer >>

21-22 July 2018

3rd Occupational Health Seminar Northern Region
Programme & Registration >>

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

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


Date: 25 Nov 2017
Insight Into Clinical Radiology


Date: 8 Oct 2017
Doctors' Day Celebration 2017


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 >>


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 >>