A Pretoria High Court dismisses application brought by a physician association (IPA Foundation) that aimed at preventing pharmacists from managing and prescribing medicines to patients with HIV and tuberculosis. 


The approval means Patients Living With HIV (PLWH) will have increased access to their medicines at pharmacies that are taking part in the Pharmacy Initiated Management of Antiretroviral Treatment (PIMART) program.


”The untapped value of pharmacists in fighting HIV was also emphasized by the efficient role pharmacies played in meeting healthcare needs and providing healthcare services during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the Pretoria High Court Judge, Elmarie Van Der Schyff.


According to UNAIDS, an estimated 7 million South Africans children and adults are living with HIV.


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