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The ethical and legal implications of patient-oriented community pharmacy in the Republic of South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Dreyer AC, Prof en
dc.contributor.author Van der Meer HL en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T07:16:39Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T07:16:39Z
dc.date.submitted 1993 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/10182
dc.description.abstract Although the role of the community pharmacist has changed considerably over the years to a disease- and patient-oriented approach, legislation governing the profession of pharmacy has not changed appreciably. The objective of this investigation is to determine the ethical and legal consequences of a community pharmacist practicing his profession in a patient-oriented manner, in order to identify elements to include in proposals for ethical and legal reform. Community pharmacists were canvassed by means of a mail questionnaire for their perceptions of a neo-professional patient-oriented role in terms of selected ethical and legal issues. The data so collected was compared with the existing ethical and legal framework in order to identify perceived limitations in such framework. The research revealed that most respondents favour a controlled practice environment in respect of advertising their merchandise and professional services. This is directly related to their opinion that medicine is not an ordinary commodity of commerce. Further, respondents believe that the public interest is best served by pharmacist-ownership of community pharmacies, and if community pharmacists participate in group practices with other health service professionals they should do so as independent divisions thereof. Considerable support was also found for a voluntary and structured approach to continuing professional education, however support for a mandatory programme is considerable if an incentive is offered. There appears to be an inverse relationship between age of respondents and their general support for continuing professional education. The research also reveals a lack of dedicated private consultation areas in community pharmacies, and the maintenance in most community pharmacies of patient medication profile systems which do not serve their intended purpose. On the basis of this research, recommendations for the amendment of the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act, 1965 (Act no. 101 of 1965), as amended, and the Pharmacy Act, 1974 (Act no. 53 of 1974), as amended, were made. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Medical sciences: Pharmacology and therapeutics en
dc.subject Practical pharmacy, Community pharmacy en
dc.subject Medical sciences en
dc.subject Theory and philosophy en
dc.title The ethical and legal implications of patient-oriented community pharmacy in the Republic of South Africa en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree M Pharm en


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