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Rules Relating to Good Pharmacy Practice Amended

July 14, 2021

South African Pharmacy Council

Rules Relating to Good Pharmacy Practice have been amended.

The South African Pharmacy Council published the amended Rules in Government Gazette 44822 in terms of the Pharmacy Act.

A new Rule 1.2.2 on another business or practice in a pharmacy or a pharmacy in another business is inserted.

Owners and/or responsible pharmacists of pharmacies must obtain the approval of Council prior to allowing a person who is not registered with Council to conduct a separate business or practice in the pharmacy.

A new Rule 2.32 on the disposal and destruction of medicines and scheduled substances is also inserted.

The disposal and destruction of medicines and scheduled substances may only take place in accordance with the Medicines and Related Substances Act of 1965 and other applicable legislation.

The standard is designed to ensure that the “disposal and destruction of medicines and scheduled substances within pharmacies, medicine rooms or Primary Health Care Clinic (PHC) dispensaries is undertaken safely and in accordance with the requirements of Regulation 44 of the General Regulations under the Medicines and Related Substances Act, 101 of 1965, relevant waste management legislation and with due regard to minimising the risk of such an activity causing harm to the environment or harm to the health of the population”.

Other notices include:

• Board Notice 69 – Rules Relating to the Services for which a Pharmacist May Levy a Fee and Guidelines for Levying Such a Fee or Fees;
• Board Notice 71 – Rules Relating to Good Pharmacy Practice – proposal to include Minimum Standard for sexual and reproductive health services provided by pharmacies – comment within 60 days of the date of publication;
• Board Notice 72 – Qualification Standard for the Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree published for comment within 60 days of the date of publication;
• Board Notice 73 – South African Pharmacy Council Promotion of Access to Information Manual;
• Board Notice 74 – Competency Standards for Pharmacy Support Personnel in South Africa published for comment within 60 days of the date of publication.

Meanwhile, in a statement, the health department has confirmed that the Covid-19 national vaccination programme is continuing across most provinces with vaccines being safely distributed to operational sites.

However, recent violent protests have “impacted the vaccination rollout and also disrupted access to essential healthcare services including collection of chronic medication by TB, HIV, Diabetes and other patients in some districts and areas in both KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng”.

The department added that some vaccination sites which have been damaged or which may be at risk are to be temporarily closed.

People with appointments to be vaccinated at sites in districts or areas that are affected by the unrest are advised to defer their vaccination.

“The Electronic Vaccine Data System (EVDS) will automatically reschedule appointments for those unable to attend; it is programmed to reschedule up to two missed appointments.”