A recent survey by the Denpasar’s Health Department officials revealed that 10% of the pharmacies operating in Bali’s capital do not staff a registered full-time pharmacist as required by law.
Denpasar has 218 registered pharmacies.
Beritabali.com quoted the head of medical service at the Denpasar Health Department, Sri Yuniari, as saying that most of the pharmacies found to be operating without the required pharmacist were establishments not owned by pharmacists.
The law clearly stipulates that a pharmacy can only open for business with a pharmacist in attendance at all time. Failure to follow this rule can technically result in the revocation of the pharmacy’s or the pharmacists’ licenses.
Sri Yuniari underlined the importance of having a pharmacist on hand at every drug store in order to be able to answer questions and fully inform customers on the side effects and proper dosage for the drugs dispersed.
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