Proposed New Regulations On The Storage And Display Of Pharmacy Only Medicines

Author:Mr Tom Hayes and Rebecca Ryan

The Department of Health plans to introduce new legislation, called the Regulation of Retail Pharmacy Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2014, that will require pharmacists to store pharmacy only medicines in an area to which the public do not have access. Similar laws have been in place regarding prescription only products and controlled drugs for many years. Pharmacy only medicines are medicines which do not need to be supplied under prescription but can only be sold in a pharmacy under the supervision of a pharmacist. If these Regulations are introduced, pharmacies will be limited in the manner in which they can display pharmacy only products for sale and the current practice of displaying pharmacy only products on the pharmacy floor, which occurs in some pharmacies, will cease. For those pharmacies who currently display pharmacy only goods on the shop floor, expenditure may be required to comply with the Regulations. Pharmacists will, of course, be familiar with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland Guidelines on the Sourcing, Storage and Disposal of Medicinal Products within a Retail Pharmacy Business dated May 2011, which recommend that pharmacy only medicines should be stored behind the pharmacy counter. The new Regulations, once enacted, will make this mandatory. The new Regulations were recently considered by the European Commission during a three month standstill period which expired on 19 June 2014...

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