Medicine in Ukraine now sold only in pharmacies or drugstores
Medicine in Ukraine is to be sold only in pharmacies or drugstores, the press service of the State Service for Medicine has reported.
From December 29, 2012, regulations allowing companies to sell medicine at retail prices from pharmacy kiosks were canceled.
The requirement to close pharmacy kiosks was linked to the fact that from the point of view of the quality of servicing the public, pharmacy kiosks do not ensure the proper level of provision of pharmaceutical services. In particular, pharmacy kiosks could not have any trading space, the gross area of the pharmacy kiosks was very restricted, and the rules for storing medicine were continually being violated, the press service said.
The closure of pharmacy kiosks will not considerably impact the availability of medicines, the press service said. The trend of development of pharmacy chain shows that companies prefer to create pharmacies. As of late December 2012, almost 14,800 pharmacies were functioning in Ukraine. As of late December 2005, the number of pharmacies was 9,400.
Since 2005, the loading per pharmacy has significantly fallen. According calculations excluding pharmacy kiosks, as of late December 2012, each pharmacy serviced 2,264 people, while in late 2005 the indicator was 3,190. In the European Union, one pharmacy services 3,500 people on average, the press service of the State Service for Medicine reported.