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Mail order sales of Rx drugs only from July

As of July 2019, instead of January as originally planned, the mail order sale of prescription drugs (Rx) for the disabled will be introduced, informs the “Health Market”.

The online sale of Rx drugs was approved in July 2018. This was due to the amendment of the law amending the law on the information system in health care. It included a provision amending Article 68 paragraph 3a of the Pharmaceutical Law Act. It allowed distance selling of medicinal products through pharmacies and pharmacy outlets also in the area of Rx drugs. The condition is that the prescription is issued in electronic form. Additionally, products may be prescribed only to a person with a disability certificate.

Details concerning distance selling of Rx drugs will be included in the Ordinance of the Minister of Health. It is to determine, among others, the manner of delivering medicines and the conditions of premises for pharmacies and pharmacy outlets. Additionally, the regulation will also include a list of Rx drugs for which distance selling will not be possible (e.g. psychotropic drugs).

Originally, Article 68(3) was intended to enter into force on 1 January 2019. However, the Act of 6 December 2018 amending certain acts in connection with e-referral and waiting lists for healthcare services was changed to 1 July 2019.

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