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Pharmacy of Your Choice (POYC) is commited to excellence in granting of entitlement to free medical products and all related services.

POYC aims to achieve excellence in the provision of pharmaceutical services and to promote a patient-centric service.


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Malta:
Pharmacy Of Your Choice Unit
St. Luke's Hospital
G'Mangia

Gozo:
Pharmacy Of Your Choice Unit
124
Triq l-Arċisqof Pietru Pace
Victoria


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Gozo: 21561606​
 

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LATEST NEWS​

01/10/2019

​​Wasteserv launches medical waste scheme


As from 1st October 2019, expired or unwanted medicines are to be deposited in specialised disposing bins located in pharmacies across Malta and Gozo. This was announced by the Minister for Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change José Herrera during a press conference to launch the next phase of the nationwide 'Sort It Out' campaign which will highlight how the correct disposal of dated or redundant medicine is the next step forward for a better and safer environment.

Medical waste is generated when the medicinal item expires or is no longer needed by the consumer. This type of waste can be dangerous, not only for the persons who handle this waste but also for the environment and therefore this type of waste should be diverted from landfills.

Minister José Herrera said, "With over 60% of Malta's pharmacies participating, depositing medicinal waste at local pharmacies is a convenient solution which aims to encourage people to do the right thing. It is an effort that benefits everyone and goes a long way to making the waste management process easier, more efficient and less detrimental to the environment."

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Chris Fearne said he was very happy with the project because it reflects a wide participation, not just on an inter-ministerial level, but also with government and non-government entities.

"Till now 163 private pharmacies are participating in this project, and I am convinced that there will be more, making the project a success. This is an important system not just with regards the disposal of expired medicines, but also health wise and from the environmentalism point of view," said the Deputy Prime Minister. He said that antibiotics resistance is currently one big global problem. Irresponsible disposal of expired medicines enhances such problem.

The Deputy Prime Minister concluded by calling for patients to not take more medicine than what is needed, a technological system is being introduced to make sure of this. He said that it is a bad practice to store medicine 'just in case the need arises' because once the medicine is being used its validity is limited. He encouraged buyers to make use of this project now that is available in private pharmacies.

Parliamentary Secretary for Consumer Rights, Public Cleansing and Support for the Capital City Deo Debattista spoke about the role of the Malta Medicines Authority in innovative science better known as green chemistry. Among various topics it also evaluates the element of how consumers dispose of waste that can be harmful to our health and surroundings, an example of this is medicine. Parliamentary Secretary Debattista explained that the Medicines Authority together with Wasteserv have introduced an advanced, free-of-charge but more secure way of how unused medicines are disposed of. "Consumers will find specialized containers in every pharmacy which are to be used by people who want to dispose of any medications. In this way, to dispose of such waste will be simple just like putting a letter in the mailbox," he added. He concluded by encouraging the public to cooperate and dispose of medications in these specially designed bins to protect both the environment as well as the community we live in.

Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds and Social Dialogue Aaron Farrugia said that this initiative is part of a much larger project which benefitted from around €7 million from the Cohesion Fund. This, along with other projects which are being implemented by Wasteserv is a clear sign of a government which is utilising EU funds to make the environment a priority and to overcome the challenge of waste.

Chairman of Wasteserv , David Borg said, "By correctly separating waste at source, one will be making a tangible and positive contribution not only to the environment but also safeguarding public health."

As from Tuesday, Wasteserv will be rolling out an educational campaign aimed at explaining what medicinal items can be recycled and which are to be disposed of in pharmacies. Common items that should be disposed of in the medicinal waste bins located in pharmacies include loose or packaged tablets and capsules, bottled medicines, inhalers and medicinal cream tubes. With regards to cardboard packaging, information leaflets and any plastic caps, cups or spoons included with medicines need to be placed into the grey or green recycling bag. Plastic inhaler casings are to be separated from the canister and recycled, while empty glass medicine bottles should be disposed of with glass waste. On the other hand, empty tablets and capsules packaging, and cosmetic items should go in the black bag. Biohazardous items such as syringes and epipens need to be disposed of in a special sharps container and taken to a Civic Amenity site.

The newly launched Medical Waste Scheme forms part of the project – 'Encouraging sustainable waste practices in households and beyond'. More information is available at www.Wasteserv malta.com or by calling the freephone number 8007 2200.


09/08/2019 

500,000 prescriptions done digitally so far this year

500,000 prescriptions have been issued using the computerised platform for POYC prescriptions, which was first rolled out two and a half years ago, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne announced on Friday.

Speaking at the Pharmacy of Your Choice (POYC) Offices at St. Luke’s Hospital, Dr Fearne said that the system which had originally been launched in Health Centres,  was extended to private family doctors last October.  

Since then, the total number of doctors using the system has risen to 284.  Medical Practitioners are being encouraged to use this system rather than handwritten prescriptions as it leads to better patient safety and is more secure and efficient.

The system removes any possible risk related to pharmacists being unable to read hand written prescriptions.  Moreover the digital record forms part of the patient’s online health record  – which patients can access directly through the myHealth system.  Doctors who need to know what medication their patient is on, especially in emergency situations, also have access to this information leading to safer and improved patient care. 

The system is also cost effective as it reduces waste in terms of over dispensing of medicine, whilst avoiding doctors having to write out new prescriptions when the patient’s treatment does not change.

Currently 30% of POYC prescriptions are being issued electronically.  The next phase in this project is to integrate the prescribing system with the POYC dispensing system used by pharmacies, thereby completely eliminating the need for a printed prescription.  Once this phase is complete, the aim is for the absolute majority of POYC prescriptions to be issued using this system.


26/06/2019​

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 medi
a 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.​

18/04/2019

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.​

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