The health Ministry has opposed the idea to sell drugs in supermarkets


The Ministry of health did not consider the preparation of a bill for the sale of drugs in food networks. It follows from the letter of the Director of social development Department of the government of Sergei Velmyaykin first Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov. It Shuvalov in February of 2016 gave the Agency the Commission to develop such a document.

In the letter, a copy of which is at , the Ministry of health explained their position by voting results of the expert community on the portal of projects of normative legal acts regulation.gov.ru. A bill supported by only 11 people, it was opposed by 2488. At the time of this writing, the representative Shuvalov could not clarify whether the agreed official to cancel his Commission and it is Ministry.

The health Ministry did not respond to a request if the officials have other reasons to oppose the sale of medicines in supermarkets, in addition to the results of voting in regulation.gov.ru

Shuvalov more than two years supports the initiative to sell drugs in supermarkets. In 2014 he gave the first instructions to the Ministry of health and asked the office to prepare a list of medicines that could be sold in conventional stores. The Ministry has included in the list of OTC antiseptics for local treatment of the throat sprays and drops against the cold, activated charcoal, anti-viral and anti-allergic creams and ointments. This list was not approved at the legislative level.

Against the sale of drugs in supermarkets performs pharmaceutical profoundest. Pharmacy associations, such as the national pharmaceutical chamber (NFP) and the Russian Association of pharmacy chains (RUSS), actively campaigned their members to vote in support of the initiative, said the Executive Director of the organizations.

Sale of drugs should be engaged in pharmaceutical workers, as the sale of medicines includes advice on the drug and warning of possible negative consequences, I’m sure the Executive Director of the NFP Elena Nevolina.

“To equate drugs to the products is impossible. Pharmaceutical market requires special control, and the implementation of the drugs is part of health care and it should be provided by health worker,” agrees Executive Director, Russian pharmaceutical manufacturer “Polysan” Eugene Kardash. Perhaps the transfer of part of the pharmaceutical range in supermarkets will temporarily make it cheaper, recognizes Kardash, but gradually the situation is equalized, because some pharmacies will be closed and the offer will be fine.

Implementation of a core set of OTC medicines in the grocery retail as in hypermarkets, and in the format of shop at home, could increase the availability of medicines, said the representative of “Dixie” Anton Panteleev. First of all, it concerns regions where there is a grocery store in every village, and pharmacies — not always, he says. Panteleev is sure that the retail would not be able to compete with the pharmacies due to the narrow range of medicines and lack of qualified pharmacist.

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