Discussions postponed until Monday on pharmacy reform draft bills

After examining the three drafts acts on Thursday, the Riigikogu’s Social Affairs Committee have postponed the discussion of amendments to the Medicines Act until next week.

According to a statement released by Chairman of the Social Affairs Committee Tõnis Mölder, the committee will resume discussions on Monday.

As per the new rules, operation of pharmacies will come into effect on April 1 and members of the Riigikogu have submitted three drafts amendments to the Medicinal Products Act, in order to change the current procedures.

Sources suggest, the first draft bill 127 SE was initiated by the Social Democrats (SDE) permits hospital pharmacies to import medicines themselves. On the other hand the second draft bill submitted by the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE), 139 SE, will allow to amend the provisions of the Medicinal Products Act, so the regulation of the act will not restrict the pharmacist.   The third draft bill, 141 SE, submitted by the SDE will on the other hand focus on ownership requirement of a pharmacy, which can be deemed to be fulfilled, should the controlling stake in the pharmacy is maintained between several pharmacists.

Reports allege the Social Affairs Committee has dealt twice with pharmacy reform. On Tuesday, the State Agency of Medicines and Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik provided an overview of the current state of the reform, in addition to highlighting in which counties the reform would be most problematic.