Government should endorse and support community pharmacists, says Alpro Pharmacy

Lim says that pharmacists play a key role in ensuring medication safety, especially for patients with multiple non-communicable diseases who are prescribed medications by different doctors, as they might not be aware of possible medical contradictions (effects secondary).

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KUALA LUMPUR (September 23): The government should endorse community pharmacists as an integral part of community health and wellbeing, and allocate funds to support them, prescription pharmacy chain Alpro Pharmacy said.

In a statement released Friday, September 23 on the occasion of World Pharmacists Day on September 25, Chief Pharmacist and Chief Engagement Officer of Alpro Pharmacy, Lim En-Ni, said the role of a pharmacist was considered by many to be a retailer of supplements and other health care. some products.

However, she said that perception had changed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lim said that pharmacists play a key role in ensuring medication safety, especially for patients with multiple non-communicable diseases who are prescribed medications by different doctors, as they might not be aware of possible medical contradictions ( Side effects).

Lim added that over the past few years, many product-focused retail pharmacists have evolved into community pharmacists offering solution-focused services, such as wound care, smoking cessation service as well as patient care. diabetics.

“The inclusion of community pharmacists in the government’s outreach plan will benefit the country as a whole, as it will ultimately reduce medical costs, improve people’s health, increase the quality of healthcare in Malaysia and will contribute to the country’s gross domestic product,” she said. said.

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