Buying more than you need not healthy habit
THE REGULATOR of the pharmacy profession, the South African Pharmacy Council, calls on members of the public to desist from purchasing unnecessarily large amounts of medicinal and other essential supplies such as hand sanitisers, face masks and disinfectants.
In recent weeks, several pharmacies across the country have been reported to have experienced stock shortages due to panic-fuelled bulk buying of effervescent immuneboosters, hand sanitisers and other medicinal and essential items, as well as attempts to bulk- purchase prescription medication.
Unfortunately, such unnecessary bulk purchases deplete stock and deny others access to essential goods.
We call on patients, pharmacists and members of the public to work together with all sectors of society to defeat Covid-19 by ensuring continuous availability of transmission-prevention essentials for everyone.
Buying more than you need can only help accelerate the spread of Covid-19, as it denies fellow citizens access to the same supplies.
We also commend those pharmacy owners and managers who have implemented measures such as limiting items purchased per customer to curb a possible stock shortage. | AMOS MASANGO AND MOGOLOGOLO PHASHA,