November 9, 2016 9:28 am

Free medicine stock expected to arrive this month

The new stock of medicine to be provided to the public under the Free Medicine Scheme is expected to be in place by this month.  This assurance was made by the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Rosy Akbar, who says that the Ministry is working closely with relevant agencies to ensure the stock […]

The new stock of medicine to be provided to the public under the Free Medicine Scheme is expected to be in place by this month. 

This assurance was made by the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Rosy Akbar, who says that the Ministry is working closely with relevant agencies to ensure the stock is well in place within this timeframe. 

 “The main stock of medicines will be arriving by the end of November. And the expected time of arrival for those essential medicines which are critically low in stock is this week. Orders have been raised with our suppliers to get those medicines. Processes have already started and the Fiji Pharmaceuticals and Biomedical Services (FPBS) centre is working on that.”

 “The solution is by November-end where the Ministry is expecting the new stocks to arrive. Out of the 142 medicines under the Free Medicine Scheme, we have 141 medicines available in the country and as I speak it is being dispatched to the 63 pharmacies who are part of the Free Medicine Scheme,” Minister Akbar said. 

 In making this announcement, the Minister encouraged the public to take advantage of this scheme and register.  

“As these medicines are being dispatched to the pharmacies, people are advised to register in order to be able to access these medicines under the Free Medicine Program. They can register at their nearest health centres, hospitals and sub-divisional health centres to fill in the forms and provide us with all the required documentation for them to benefit from the free medicine program. The forms need to be filled out as advised and are to be returned to Government hospitals and health facilities,” she said.

The Free Medicine Scheme Program was introduced as part of the Fijian Government’s initiative to ensure equity in terms of accessibility and availability of key medicines in partnership with the Private Retail Pharmacy for all Fijians earning a gross salary of below $20,000 a year. These also include the medicines for the Non-Communicable Diseases. 

The Free Medicine Form can be downloaded from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services website.