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Pharmacy Of Your Choice Unit
St. Luke's Hospital

Pharmacy Of Your Choice Unit
Triq l-Arċisqof Pietru Pace

Malta: 22481800
Gozo: 21561606​

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Patients with rare medical conditions may now collect medicines from their pharmacy of choice

As from this week patients with rare medical conditions will no longer have to collect their medicines from Mater Dei Hospital but will be able to collect them from a pharmacy of their choice within their community. About 70 medicines specifically for rare conditions will be available in their chosen pharmacy for the 120 patients needing them and are entitled to them.

During a media conference in a Paola dispensary, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health, Chris Fearne, said the 70 different medicines are specifically obtained for those that need them.

Minister Fearne said these are financed by €2.5 million paid for by the Government. He said rare medical conditions occur at intervals and it is senseless to keep stocks of medicines of this nature; thus when a condition occurs these are brought specifically according to need.

He said such rare conditions may affect babies but also the elderly and these are provided with appropriate medicines as well as necessary apparatus such as tubes as well as nutritionally related items.

Dr Fearne said that in all 140,000 persons obtain a service from 220 pharmacies within the community which are involved in the Pharmacy of Your Choice (POYC) Scheme, a scheme that distributes 250 million medicinal products annually against a Government expenditure of €28 million.


Validity of Schedule V extended to ten years and the Inception of “CARE”

143,000 patients benefiting from Pharmacy of Your Choice Scheme will now be benefiting from 2 initiatives to further improve the national service related to free medical treatment.

As from May 2019, Schedule V documents which previously had a validity period of 5 years, will be automatically extended for a further 5 years, bringing their validity period to 10 years.

This will benefit up to 3000 patients each month, as these will not need to have their Schedule V document renewed, unless they need to change their entitlement.

This Complements other simplification and patient-centric measures that have been introduced by POYC including the Delivery to the Home Scheme for persons aged 70 and over and for persons with disability, the Coeliac Voucher Scheme, where vouchers are now being mailed to entitled persons, and the One Stop Shop service offered through the Gwardamangia, Mater Dei, Paola and Gozo offices of POYC.

In addition, in March 2019, POYC launched “CARE”, an ICT system which provides comprehensive information on patient entitlements and related POYC services to medical practitioners in real time.  This system is being rolled out to medical practitioners enabling these to apply for Schedule V entitlements electronically, with all the necessary patient information being available at the touch of a button.  This facility should help improve patient safety and reduce waste.




POYC celebrated its 10th Anniversary​..  An event was held on Monday at Villa Arrigo, Naxxar to mark the occasion.
The staff, colleagues and stakeholders present were addressed by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health, the Honorable Chris Fearne, the POYC Chief Executive Officer, Celia Falzon, the President, GRTU – Malta Chamber of SMEs, Pharmacy Section and Mary Ann Sant Fournier, President, Malta Chamber of Pharmacists. 
A big thank you to all those present for joining us to mark our 10th year of operation.
Thank you to all staff past and present, all stakeholders including pharmacists, pharmacy owners, the constituted bodies, the Central Procurement and Supplies Unit, the Department for Pharmaceutical Affairs and the Malta Medicines Authority, and many others who were instrumental in making the POYC service and the Department a success.

We promise to continue striv​ing to provide the 153,000 patients who make use of the POYC scheme and the other schemes operated by the POYC with the best service possible. 

Stqarrija mill-Uffiċċju tad-Deputat Prim Ministru u mill-Ministeru ghas-Saħħa

€142 miljun f’mediċini mill-POYC f’għaxar snin
Bħalissa qed jiġi mfakkar l-għaxar anniversarju tal-Ispiżerija tal-Għażla Tiegħek (POYC). Matul is-snin in-numru ta’ klijenti u n-numru ta’ mediċini li jiġu mqassma minn din is-sistema qiegħed kulma jmur dejjem jikber.
Fuq medda ta’ għaxar snin l-ispejjeż f’mediċini għall-POYC kien ta’ madwar €142 miljun. In-numru, kemm bħala flus f’mediċini, kif ukoll bħala numru ta’ klijenti tal-POYC, dejjem baqa’ jikber u jiżdied ma’ kull sena li tgħaddi.
F’kelmtejn tal-okkażjoni waqt riċeviment li sar biex jikkomemora dan l-avveniment, id-Deputat Prim Ministru u Ministru għas-Saħħa Chris Fearne qal li l-POYC hija waħda mill-istejjer ta’ suċċess fil-qasam tas-saħħa.
“Fl-2008, il-POYC beda b’28,827 klijent; illum għandna 153,367 persuna li kull xahrejn jiġbru l-mediċini tagħhom mill-POYC. Bil-POYC spiċċaw darba għal dejjem il-queues ma jaqtgħu xejn mill-ispiżeriji tal-Gvern. Kien hemm żmien qabel il-POYC fejn il-kwistjoni kienet jekk għandiex tinbena tinda biex in-nies jistkennu mill-elementi huma u jistennew f’dan il-queue ma’ jaqta’ xejn. Illum din hi storja li ntesiet. Fl-aħħar snin ukoll għelibna waħda mill-akbar problemi li kienet għadha qed tiffaċċja l-POYC—dik tal-mediċini out of stock”, qal Chris Fearne.
Huwa tkellem ukoll dwar id-diversi servizzi oħra li fl-aħħar snin ukoll bdew jiġu offruti mill-POYC, fosthom, il-one-stop-shop, l-iskema tas-coeliac, it-tqassim ta’ mediċini fid-djar lil dawk li għandhom ’il fuq minn 70 sena, it-twassil id-dar ta’ mediċini u prodotti tqal, u anke l-istrateġija tad-dijabete.
New Chief Executive Officer Appointed

Ms. Celia Falzon has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Pharmacy of Your Choice scheme within the Ministry for Health.
Ms. Celia Falzon has been working for the Ministry for Health since 2014. She has been entrusted with change management at Mater Dei Hospital and within the whole health department.

Prior to her engagement at the Ministry for Health, Ms. Falzon was the Chief External Relations Officer at the Malta Communications Authority where she was responsible for EU Affairs, Consumer Relations, eCommerce, Communications and the Information Society functions of the Authority. She started her career with the Public Sector at the Management Systems Unit and later the Management Efficiency Unit where she worked on various health reform projects.

Ms. Falzon holds a Masters degree in Business Administration specialising in strategic management.

President's Visit

"Truly inspiring to see POYC helping the communities of Malta and Gozo! In the process they are making a @UN #SDGs 1 and 3, a reality!"  - -
H.E. The President of Malta Marie Louise Coleiro Preca - 28th April 2017





POYC is committed to excellence, to the highest quality pharmaceutical service delivery and to promote a patient-focused environment. 


We are also committed to continually strive to improve our responsiveness to provide a timely, accurate, efficient client-centric pharmaceutical delivery service to all stakeholders benefiting from the Pharmacy of Your Choice Unit.​


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