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Pharmacy groups call for health minister's intervention

Published:Monday | January 25, 2016 | 12:49 PM

Concern about the state of affairs at the Pharmacy Council of Jamaica has prompted the Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica (PSJ) and the Jamaican Association of Private Pharmacy Owners to call for the Minister of Health, Horace Dalley, to intervene.

The pharmacy groups say they are concerned about the administrative practices of the Pharmacy Council.

They have taken issue with comments made by the registrar of the council regarding the quality of pharmacy graduates from the University of Technology (UTech).

Fifty per cent of UTech pharmacy graduates who sat the licensure exam set by the council failed to gain the 70 per cent mark needed to pass the exam.

The council registrar, Dr Radcliffe Goulbourne, has said most students failed the exam because of an inability to apply knowledge and critical thinking skills.

He also indicated that the chairman of the council, Dr Thelma Nelson, had made contact with UTech to discuss the issue.

The six PSJ representative members of the council have however expressed disagreement with the concerns of the registrar and the chairman.