The Estonian Association of Pharmacists and the Estonian Chamber of Pharmacists sent a joint appeal to members of the Riigikogu asking them to reject the bill to amend the Medicinal Products Act, which will reach the plenary of the Parliament today and repeal the pharmacy reform.
“Rejecting the bill at first reading would give pharmacists the confidence to make the investments they need to succeed in the reform. It is very regrettable that, just a month before the end of the pharmacy reform, its repeal will be discussed again, ”said Kaidi Sarv, chief pharmacist of the Estonian Pharmacy Association. “Pharmacy reform has been known to all parties for the last five years. Its annulment or alteration at the last minute would already call into question the consistency and credibility of the country's decisions. '
According to Karin Alamaa-Aasa, Chairman of the Board of the Estonian Chamber of Pharmacists, pharmacists have been waiting for the Riigikogu's explicit confirmation that the reform of the pharmacy will continue since September, when the reform of the reform began. “On December 17, the Riigikogu decided to support the continuation of pharmacy reform, as there is no clear need to change it in the final line. At the same time, only a month before the reform comes into force, we are again seeing a draft law abolishing pharmacy reform, ”Alamaa-Aas said. “Pharmacists just need peace of mind and confidence at the moment. As a result of the pharmacy reform, more than 200 pharmacies are already operating in Estonia as a result of the pharmacy reform, two large pharmacy chains have publicly announced their support for the reform and the remaining non-compliant pharmacies are preparing for the transition to the pharmacy system. ”
In a joint appeal, pharmacists are appealing to members of the Riigikogu to reject the Bill on Amendments to the Medicines Act, which is to be read at first reading in parliament today, February 25, and would repeal pharmacy reform.
With the pharmacy reform ending on 1 April, Estonia will switch to a system of pharmacies, where only pharmacists can operate pharmacies in the interests of public health and the retail and wholesale of medicines will be separated.