MPS president Datuk Nancy Ho in a recent interview with Business Times said she would like to see the proposal being incorporated into the new Pharmacist Act, which is being drawn up.
The new act will replace The Registration of Pharmacist Act 1951 (revised 1989), The Poisons Act 1952 (Revised 1989), Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 (Revised 1980), Sale of Drugs Act 1952 (Revised 1989) and Medicines (Advertisement and Sale) Act 1956 (Revised 1983).
"We uphold ethics too, not only a business code by a professional code. There are certain do's and don'ts that we have to adhere to. The pharmacists have to be the centre of the practice," she said.
"We want pharmacists to have a shareholding in the retail business, as it would make sense when it comes to decision making," Ho said.
"When one is running a retail pharmacy, it is critical that the pharmacist, who is also the owner of the business, gets to be the decision maker and has the ability to drive the business further. We want the business to be vibrant and profitable," she said.
MPS has nearly 2,000 members.
|FACULTY OF PHARMACY, UKM |