The Seimas has decided: medicines will be allowed to be marketed not only in pharmacies
The Seimas has adopted
amendments to the Law on Pharmacy, proposing three innovations that will
help patients to receive the necessary medicines faster, in a more
convenient and, most importantly, cheaper way. The proposal to allow the
sales of over-the-counter medicines not only in pharmacies, but also in
other places, such as supermarkets, other retail outlets, and sales of
medicines in pharmacies subject to online prescriptions have been
approved. It was also decided to allow institutions providing day-care
services to set up pharmacies that could sell patients compensated
Prescription medicines - online
Countries that already have an
electronic recipe have already been using this practice where
prescription medicines can be ordered online. This novelty as of end of
2019 will be applied in Lithuania, so patients will have the opportunity
to choose how it is more convenient for them to buy prescription drugs.
Then, patients who have an electronic recipe will be able to choose
whether to buy prescription drugs, with the exception of narcotic drugs
and psychotropic drugs, in pharmacy, or to buy them online.
This will enable people to purchase the medicines they need in a safe, convenient and timely manner.
It will be easier to buy non-prescription medicines
The proposal to allow the sales of
over-the-counter medicines not only in pharmacies but also in other
places, such as supermarkets and other retail outlets was also approved,
and certain requirements were set for such trade. In order to properly
regulate such trade, it is proposed to license this activity, as well as
to allow the sales of not all over-the-counter medicines, but only
those that are listed on a special list.
The emergence of alternative trading
places will ensure patients with more choice as to how they can buy
medicines in case there is no operating pharmacy nearby, but they are
urgently needed. For example, pain relief is needed at night. It is
likely that they will sold in 24-hour stores or other retail outlets not
only in big cities but also in smaller settlements where people will at
any time get the right medicine for them.
Given the fact that medicines are a
special commodity that can be harmful to health by improper consumption,
it is important not only to make it easier for people to acquire the
necessary medicines but also to ensure that the patient takes rational
and safe use of the medicines purchased from a retailer.
More pharmacies in treatment facilities
It was decided to institutions providing
day-care services to set up pharmacies where their patients would be
able to more easily and conveniently acquire the necessary medication
prescribed by a doctor for treatment in a day-care facility. This would
allow patients to save time by no longer visiting public pharmacies, as
is often the case now.
Healthcare facilities will therefore be
able to set up their own hospital pharmacies and provide patients with
day-care treatment with adequate compensated medicines, and patients
will be able to purchase them on-site.
Patients are often confronted with
difficulties because they first have to come to a doctor at the day care
centre where a prescription is issued, afterwards they have to visit
the drugstore and buy the necessary medication there. After acquiring
the medication, the patient returns to the treatment institution where
the service is provided, for example, for the purchased medication is
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