Gov't expands public-private sector pharmacy programme

Friday, June 08, 2018

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THE number of entities participating in the Government's Public-Private Sector Pharmacy Programme is being increased.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton said 35 pharmacies will be added to the initiative's current participants to bring the number to 52, pointing out that contracts to expand the complement have been signed.

He was speaking in the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Dr Tufton said the Government decided to expand the programme, designed to facilitate private pharmacies' filling prescriptions issued at public health facilities to reduce clients' waiting time, based on its success since the initiative's inception as a pilot in December 2016, and to enable more Jamaicans to benefit.

Noting that up to March 2018, a total of 72,301 prescriptions were filled, the minister emphasised that “there is a huge demand for pharmacy services in the public health sector”.

“Annually, approximately 2.2 million prescriptions are generated, and in order to provide a satisfactory service to our patients, the public-private partnership pharmacy programme was established with the National Health Fund,” Dr Tufton said.

Pharmacies currently operating under the programme are located in Kingston, Clarendon and St James.

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