Pharmacy: unit distribution does not thrill pharmacies


The possibility of delivering the exact number of tablets prescribed by the doctor, and no longer a complete box, would be “a false good idea” according to Pierre Béguerie, president of the central council A of the Order of pharmacists.

Will the pharmacist, tomorrow, deliver us the exact number of tablets prescribed by the doctor, and no longer a complete box that will end up in our medicine cabinet? This system, which is standard in the UK and the US, was part of the anti-waste law measures for a circular economy. Faced with the outcry it caused in the drug industry, the initial proposal had been widely amended. The text finally adopted indicates: “When their pharmaceutical form allows it, the dispensing of certain drugs in pharmacies can be done individually.” This measure was to come into force no later than January 2022.

At the beginning of February, a decree was published which describes the new packaging, labeling, instructions to be provided when dispensing by unit, etc. At the same time, as part of the agreement negotiated with pharmacists, health insurance offers them 1 euro for this act. So things are getting clearer. Corn…

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