In the midst of this decade-long debate of dispensing separation in Malaysia, the question of whether pharmacists in Malaysia are truly ready for the separation of prescribing and dispensing should also be raised. At this point in time, it is uncommon for pharmacists in Malaysia to question the prescribers’ decisions on any prescription. In other words, the lack of interprofessional communication is evident in this country’s healthcare practices. In this country, the practice of having pharmacists challenge the doctors’ prescriptions is unusual, and the reason behind that may be related to the public’s perception of the pharmacist’s profession as many still view pharmacists as “pill counters”. In addition, it is also important to think about whether Malaysian pharmacists are equipped with the skills to effectively carry out a Drug Utilization Review (DUR) with enough confidence to challenge the prescribers when appropriate. Only when the profession is recognized will the fight for separation of prescribing and dispensing be able to move forward.
- Loo J, Lo E, Mai C, Gan P, Lee E, Tiong J. Separation of prescribing and dispensing in Malaysia: public perception of pharmacists’ roles and agreement towards a separation policy. Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research. 2019. doi:10.1002/jppr.1542
- Vasantha Ganesan. Will Dispensing Separation Finally Become A Reality?.; 2019. https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/will-dispensing-separation-finally-become-reality. Accessed November 23, 2019.
- Soo Wern Jun. Health Minister: Mandatory Prescriptions Upon Request To Be Included In Poisons Act.; 2019. https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/08/08/health-minister-mandatory-prescriptions-to-be-included-in-poisons-act/1778988. Accessed November 23, 2019.
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