Notice on extended prescriptions
We support efforts to curb the spread of the Coronavirus - COVID-19, but we must not lose sight of the continued wellbeing and health of our patients.
We are concerned about the risk management effect the changes to the Medicines and Related Substances Act may have by extending expiring prescriptions from 6 to 12 months for schedule 2, 3 and 4 medication as published in the government gazette 43260 of 30 April 2020.
Regular follow-up of our elderly patients and those with chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, HIV, cancer, autoimmune disease etc. are of the utmost importance because poor medical condition control and coronavirus infection will place these patients in a very high risk category.
In line with the regulations prescriptions for Schedule 2, 3 and 4 medications are now valid for 12 months. This creates the impression that patients only have to visit their doctor once every 12 months. This is not correct and could lead to poor or no control of medical conditions.
It is, therefore, good clinical practice and we advise that you do consult with your doctor every 3 to 6 months regarding your chronic illness in order to monitor your condition, to request the necessary tests and intervene timeously where needed to prevent complications and keep you in the best possible state of health.
To your good health!
Drs. Brink, Heyns, Joubert, Meyer & Viljoen
Pretoria North Medical Centre 259 Burger Street, Pretoria North
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