Most community pharmacists have received authorization to operate, according to the Ministry of Internal Trade



PETALING JAYA: Most community pharmacists have been given permission to continue operating during the lockdown period, the Ministry of Home Trade and Consumer Affairs said.

The ministry said community pharmacists were seen as an essential service in the distribution sector.

“Until April 2021, there were 3,274 community pharmacies licensed under the poisons law enforced by the Ministry of Health.

“Based on our audits, as of June 10, there are a total of 2,902 (89%) applications in the pharmaceutical sector in the retail / distribution / wholesale cluster that have been received through the Covid intelligent management system. -19 (CIMS).

“A total of 2,412 applications (74%) of the applications were approved,” he said in a statement Friday, June 11.

The clarification came following a report from The Star on June 8 that pharmacists encountered difficulty functioning during the lockdown.

Malaysian Pharmacists Society President Amrahi Buang said some community pharmacists were having difficulty functioning because they did not have an approval letter from the Ministry of Health.

He also questioned the requirement for pharmacists to seek approval through CIMS.

To this, the Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumer Affairs said that community pharmacists who have not submitted their request to continue their activities must do so immediately through the CIMS.

“All dispensing pharmacists registered with the Ministry of Health must apply to continue operating through CIMS,” he said.

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