Aug 16

South African Pharmacy Council approves dispensing of meds to HIV and TB patients

South Africa’s Pharmacy Council has been given judicial go-ahead to introduce its Pharmacy-Initiated Management of Antiretroviral Treatment initiative. It will allow specially trained pharmacists to manage and prescribe medicine to patients with HIV and tuberculosis. News24 reports that the Pretoria High Court Judge Elmarie van der Schyff has dismissed an application brought by a doctors’ organisation – the IPA Foundation – for the setting aside of the programme.  She added the pilot project had emphasised the value of the initiative, which was in line with the World Health Organisation’s vision to promote widely accessible primary healthcare.