Although it does the trick, "flu cocktail" is illegal

The Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PSSA) says that the selling of "flu cocktails" (a combination of medicines) which are pre-packaged without interaction with a patient is illegal.

It is reported that most large pharmacy groups have started removing these cocktails from the shelves.

Head of public affairs at Pharmaceutical Association of SA, Lorraine Osman, says these pre-packed medicines can be dangerous to some patients.

She says that the Pharmaceutical Society has no authority to tell these pharmaceutical chains what to do. She says the Pharmacy Council, which regulates pharmacies, has been trying to get pharmacies to do away with pre-packed medicine.

Osman says a lot of people resort to buying these cocktails because they are affordable. Instead of buying three different packs of medicine you get one that has the whole combination.

A person suffering from the flu or a cold can do away with all the symptoms in one go.

Lorraine Osman, Pharmaceutical Association of SA spokesperson

The Medicines Control Council (MCC) advises that pharmacists can compile a cocktail, but the labeling should be done accordingly with a dispensing date, the name of the medicine and name of the patient.

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