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Do not self-prescribe says Dr Waqainabete

January 26, 2021 12:35 pm
Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete

Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete says people need to be discouraged from prescribing for themselves.

Dr Waqainabete says self-prescribing is not only limited to non-health workers.

He adds the doctors cannot prescribe themselves which will ensure that one has access to independent, objective medical care.

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“You know we must not get into the habit of fronting up to a pharmacy and say I take this antibiotic or I take that Panadol. If there are any pharmacist that do that and dispense without a prescription then it’s illegal.”

The Fiji Pharmaceutical Society has welcomed the comments made by the Health Minister.

President Reenal Chand says self-medicating and availability of medicines go hand in hand.

He adds often there is a poor understanding of how medicines are made available to the public.

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