Posted on 25 February 2013 - 05:38am Azizul
LUMPUR (Feb 25, 2013):
Berjaya Corp's direct selling unit Cosway Corp Ltd has set up its 100th pharmacy
in Bandar Sri Damansara, 12
months after its first one in Berjaya Times Square.
pharmacy is a three in one store, offering Cosway-brand, pharmaceutical and Country Farm
Organic-brand products, which kicked off in January 2012.
are glad with the Health Ministry's liberalisation of attachment trainings for
pharmacists as Cosway
Pharmacy has been selected as one of the recognised establishments for
training," said Cosway
founder and CEO, Al Chuah said
in his speech yesterday.
2011, the Ministry of Health reduced the mandatory public service training with
the government for pharmacists from three years to one year in a move to allow
the entry of more pharmacists into the private sector.
were also allowed to serve the one year tenure in selected private pharmacies,
such as Cosway
pharmacists who fulfill the
attachment requirements with Cosway pharmacy will be provided training on
managing a pharmacy store, and can eventually be awarded a free store to run.
the free store programme, Cosway pays the rental, utilities and also
supplies products on consignment," said Chuah.
launch of the store was attended by both Health Ministry Pharmacy Division
Senior Director, DatukEisah
Abdul Rahman and Berjaya Group founder Tan Sri Vincent Tan.
of Jan 31 there are 10,250 licenced pharmacists in Malaysia. It is expected
that by 2016, we expect to have 1 pharmacist for every 2,000 citizens in
Malaysia. This is inline with the World Health Organisation's
recommendation," said Eisah.
average 1000 pharmacist are produced from 10 local universities every year.
are about 1,834 community pharmacies in Malaysia, according to the ministry's
statistics. However they cluster around towns and cities."
alleviate the problem, the Health Ministry will impose zonings and offer
incentives to better spread community pharmacies to rural areas," said Eisah.Tan
said he hopes Cosway
Pharmacy will open another 200 pharmacies this year.