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KUALA LUMPUR: The Pharmacy Bill, which now allows both doctors and pharmacists to dispense medicine, has been finalised and is now with the Attorney-General's chambers, says Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam (pic).
The Health Minister said that consultation with stakeholders on the Bill had been completed.
"We are moving ahead with it," he said at a press conference during the Insight 2017 Medical Travel Market Intelligence Conference here Tuesday.
The Bill will be tabled in Parliament once the Attorney-General studies and approves it, he said.
Two years ago, the Malaysian Medical Association rejected the proposed Bill after claiming that the medical fraternity was not consulted on the separation of rights to prescribe and dispense medicines.
Following that, the Ministry put the Bill on hold for further consultation.
Dr Subramaniam said it was later decided that both doctors and pharmacists would have the right to dispense medication.
"Patients will have a choice to decide (where they want to buy medicine from)," he said.
He said only allowing pharmacists to dispense medicine would be disruptive of the current functional practice.
Dr Subramaniam said that they had to make the process convenient for patients, adding that it was possible that those in small towns without pharmacies could only obtain medicine the following day.