Barbados Drug Service (BDS) officials have reported no major hitches with the initiation of the re-introduction of the dispensing fee in private participating pharmacies and operations at its public pharmacies.

After a tour today of six of the eight polyclinics across the island, Director of the BDS, Maryam Hinds, told the Government Information Service, that there appeared to be no immediate cause for concern as a result of the changes.

"It is a bit early to judge, but as we visited the majority of the polyclinics today we did not see the flood of persons that some may have expected. There were reports of a moderate increase in the number of new patients from the private sector, but not in numbers that we could not manage," Ms. Hinds noted.

The BDS head revealed that officials would re-visit the pharmacies in another two weeks to monitor the systems that had been put in place and pointed out that persons could still call 467-9510 if they had any queries.??????????????????

The touring party of health officials visited the Winston Scott, Edgar Cochrane, Warrens, and Black Rock Polyclinics in St. Michael; the Randall Phillips Polyclinic in Christ Church and the Glebe Polyclinic in St. George.??

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