South African Pharmacists Will be Able to Prescribe HIV Treatment

South Africa is on the brink of allowing pharmacists holding the required permits to prescribe and initiate HIV medicines without people first having to get scripts from doctors or nurses, Catherine Tomlinson reports for Spotlight.

The initiative, known as Pharmacist-Initiated Management of ART or PIMART, seeks to improve linkage to HIV treatment and prevention therapy among under-reached and underserved groups and communities. South Africa's PIMART programme will be the first of its kind globally - potentially paving the way for other countries to follow suit.

South Africa has the largest HIV antiretroviral treatment (ART) programme in the world. Over seven million people in the country are living with HIV - over five million of whom are on ART.


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