National courier
pharmacy Medipost has assured patients and the healthcare providers it supplies
that it has implemented  contingency
plans and precautions enabling it to continue its delivery service during the
COVID-19 pandemic.

“Many older people
and others who may be more vulnerable to more severe complications of COVID-19
– and increasingly members of the general public- are concerned about visiting
public places and pharmacies in person, and are practising self-isolation or
social distancing to reduce their risks of infection. 

“Our message to such
individuals,” CEO Louis Scheepers has assured in a media statement, “is that we
stand ready to deliver their medication and health-related products, in line
with strict hygiene measures to prevent contamination for the safety of all
concerned.”

Medipost Pharmacy
currently serves some 400 000 medical scheme members on average each month,
with their personal medicine parcels either delivered to the address of choice,
or ready for the patient to collect from pick up points. It also provides
oncology medication and other vital pharmaceutical supplies to healthcare
providers. 

“In light of the risk
of contamination associated with COVID-19, we have stepped up hygiene
precautions to ensure that deliveries are handled with even more care than usual.
As well as the hygiene precautions that are standard in the preparation and
handling of medicine parcels,” Scheepers continued, “delivery personnel are now
equipped with facemasks and sanitisers that have a minimum of 70% alcohol base.

“In terms of
continued medicine and other supplies availability, we are in constant contact
with manufacturers and suppliers. All have assured us that they have enough
stock and foresee no difficulties, but of course we are keeping a close eye on
the developing situation,” Scheepers added. 

As an additional
safeguard, Medipost Pharmacy makes use of in-house courier service
MediLogistics, which was established in 2012 to provide end-to-end control over
the courier pharmacy service process. While there is no requirement at present
for courier services handling medicines to be registered with regulatory
authorities, MediLogistics already follow principles of Good Pharmacy Practice
when delivering medicines and has implemented new safety precautions to prevent
COVID-19 infection.

SOURCE: Issued by MNA on behalf
of Medipost Pharmacy