175 private pharmacy registration licences issued - National Council defends against tardiness claims
The Pharmacy Council of Jamaica is refuting claims by private pharmacy owners that it has been tardy in preparing and disseminating registration licences.
Acting registrar of the council Dr Radcliffe Goulbourne says more than 175 private pharmacy owners have collected their registration licences.
And he says only 23 applications have been rejected from the 398 applications received so far.
However, he notes that about 200 applications, which have been ready, are still to be collected.
Meanwhile, president of the Jamaica Association of Private Pharmacy Owners, Shereen Dawkins Cox is welcoming the update.
But she notes that her association had been trying, without success, for weeks to get one.
On Tuesday, the association issued a statement saying most of its members remain unregistered without any update on their status since meeting the March 31 deadline to submit applications.
The group contended that because of that situation, it feared the National Health Fund (NHF), would not process insurance claims from them.
Meanwhile, the NHF has not blocked the processing of claims despite giving the owners a May 31 deadline to submit their registration licences.