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BEWARE: Top 10 Prescription Rules Every Patient Should Know


Lizette van Heerden
30 May 2018 at 2:41 pm

Rx is for a month. Repeatable for 6 months. Schedule4. Patient paying cash but wants 4 months supply. Is this allowed????

13 April 2019 at 11:07 am

Can a foreign doctor without an SA Mp number nor PR issue a prescription to be dispensed in SA

    11 June 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Hi Nyasha,

    The answer is NO.

    The prescription will have to be re-written by a doctor practising in South Africa.

Yvonne Fromage
16 May 2019 at 9:32 am

I have been on the same meds for 21 years. It is ridiculous that I have to see my doctor to get a new script every 6months. Money making rubbish.

    11 June 2019 at 10:56 pm

    Hi Yvonne,

    Thank you for passing by.

    I understand your frustration. But remember this is for your own benefit. When taking medication, you need to be monitored consistently so that if anything happens (such as an adverse event), it can be picked up and corrected promptly.

11 June 2019 at 3:43 am

So an individual taking blood pressure medication has his/her bag/briefcase stolen. He/She is away from home and feeling the effects of not taking the medicine. He/She goes to a pharmacy (or is probably taken there). He/She dies on the floor of the pharmacy because the pharmacy abides by these rules. Pharmacist boasts ‘I didn’t give in!’ Books are written about this famous pharmacist and his/her bravery.

11 June 2019 at 3:18 pm

Interesting article. Thank you. I do however have a question. On numerous occasions I have found myself
Out of town for extended periods of time, when my supply runs out. I use GalvusMet S3 and Oratane S5. My GP is in Centurion and I am also in Cape Town. I live in both cities. My GP has, on numerous occasions, faxed my script to either Clicks or Dischem. Sometimes no problem and more often than not, I am told that they cannot accept a faced prescription. I have looked everywhere and cannot find any Gazetted legislation that can confirm this. The fax is from the Doctors practice with all their contact details on. The repeat is for 6 months and shows when I have taken from Centurion and also from Cape Town so no duplicates can occur? My point is that there is no legal grounds on which they can deny dispensing my medication to me, when they have a faxed copy from a registered medical Doctor. They can also verify whether this is a registered medical practitioner brought their normal verification channels themselves. if they so desire.

    11 June 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Hi Eddie,

    Thank you for passing by and reading the article.

    Under the GENERAL REGULATIONS MADE IN TERMS OF THE MEDICINES AND RELATED SUBSTANCES ACT, 1965(ACT NO. 101 OF 1965), regulation 28(2) states that…

    (2) In the case of a faxed, e-mailed, telephone or electronic transmission by
    other means of a prescription or order, the pharmacist must verify the
    authenticity of the prescription or order.

    And in addition, regulation 28(4) states that…

    (4) The faxed, e-mailed, telephone or other electronic transmitted prescription
    or order should be followed by the original prescription or order within 7
    working days.

    Thus pharmacists have no legal grounds to refuse to dispense your faxed/ emailed prescription unless they can verify your script is not authentic.. But at the same time, the pharmacy needs to get the original prescription within 7 working days after the electronic script (which might be a challenge for you).

    The best thing for you to do is to ask pharmacist at Dischem/ Clicks to load the repeats on your original prescription (on the computer system) and ask to centralize it. Then ask for the copy of the script and leave the original with them. That will make it easier for you to get refills anywhere in the country as long as there is Clicks/ Dischem (but remember, they are not linked).

    Hope I have answered you

11 June 2019 at 3:22 pm

I am trying to post a comment. It keeps telling me I am duplicating one I have already posted?

    11 June 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Hi Eddie,

    It’s our spam monitoring system that was blocking you:)

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