Buy­ing more than you need not healthy habit

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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,

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