Tied up in knots …. or an essential safety net?

  • Andy Gray University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Lourens Van der Merwe Sefako Makgatho Health Science University

Abstract

There is a strong autarkical tendency amongst pharmacists, perhaps related to their historical origin as sole proprietors and solo practitioners. This tendency leads to a marked resistance to the imposition of detailed standards of practice, and a characterization of such efforts as needlessly interventionist, as disregarding the professionalism that is expected of pharmacists, and as yet more evidence of an over-bearing “nanny state”. This tendency is, of course, not restricted to pharmacists. Many other health professionals resist what they see as impositions from “outside”, be that from medical scheme administrators, managed care firms, learned societies, guideline developers, or regulators. This article proposes a different approach and motivates for a concerted effort by SAAHIP to contribute to the strengthening of Good Pharmacy Practice standards in South Africa, specifically related to hospital pharmacy.

Author Biographies

Andy Gray, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Division of Pharmacology Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences University of KwaZulu-Natal
Lourens Van der Merwe, Sefako Makgatho Health Science University
Department of Pharmacy Sefako Makgatho Health Science University
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