Please take note that on 24 April 2020 Dr Zwelini Mkhize the Minister of Health published the following exception giving permission for Schedule 2, Schedule 3 and Schedule 4 drugs to be scripted for a period of 12 months from date of issue.
This is an exception that will be valid for the next 18 months.
In the following 6 months’ doctors can script 12 month repeat scripts. There after only for the remainder of the 18-month period.
This prescription has to be issued by an authorised prescriber
If the person dispensing the medication is satisfied that an authorised prescriber initiated the therapy in the preceding 6 months before this notice, was published then this dispensing person may renew this prescription automatically for the following 6 months.
From chat groups between doctors it is evident that it is up to the prescribing doctor to decide if they have to follow up with the patient within 6 months or if they are happy to script for 12 months.
From the Medprax Team