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Pharmacists petition against draft law

PHARMACISTS have started circulating a petition against a draft law on medicaments proposed by Slovak Health Minister Ivan Uhliarik. The aim of initiative called Pharmacists Aloud is to preserve “the medical character” of pharmacies, the TASR newswire reported.

PHARMACISTS have started circulating a petition against a draft law on medicaments proposed by Slovak Health Minister Ivan Uhliarik. The aim of initiative called Pharmacists Aloud is to preserve “the medical character” of pharmacies, the TASR newswire reported.

The pharmacist group argue that the draft is a non-standard and poor approach, saying that they believe it will lead to preference for the interests of pharmaceutical companies over the interests of ordinary people.

“It is about incomprehensible degradation of the work of a pharmacist and cutting his responsibility for providing health care on the part of the submitter of the law, the Ministry of Health,” said Marcel Jusko, the chair of the pharmacists’ petition committee, as quoted by TASR. He added that the pharmacists believe the law will create a monopoly in the entire Slovak health-care system.

Pharmacists are demanding a prohibition on the establishment of networks of pharmacies as well as a ban on bonuses on drugs and pharmacy loyalty programmes. They also say they want to increase the personal responsibility of pharmacists and permit a person or firm to own only one pharmacy.

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