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HIV/AIDS

12 August 2011

Aids patients must use postal pharmacy

Healthcare providers expressed their concern with the decision by the Government Employees Medical Scheme to only allow members to obtain their ARV medication via a postal courier.

South African healthcare providers expressed their concern with the recent decision by the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) to only allow their HIV/Aids members to obtain their antiretroviral (ARV) medication from a postal courier service.

The Independent Community Pharmacy Association (ICPA), a national industry body and voice for over 1,500 independently owned pharmacies, has taken a firm stand on this, as it impacts on South Africans' freedom of choice in the selection of a healthcare provider. Part of the association's action steps include rallying the support of 6,500 South Africans via a petition conducted in pharmacies across the entire country. The GEMS issue has also been officially raised with the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.

 

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