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KPA will discuss issues with traditional pharmacists
by Eui Kyoung Yoon (ekyeun@dreamdrug.com)
Published : Oct 30, 2014 02:58:34
Korean Pharmaceutical Association (KPA) will have the second meeting with its board of directors on November 18 to discuss some major issues.

The main agenda is definitely the latest conflict with traditional pharmacists. Regional pharmacists associations had fierce debates about whether they let traditional pharmacists sell over-the-counter drugs, but it wasn’t easy to make a conclusion.

The KPA spotted forty-one traditional pharmacies that sold OTC drugs and got evidences to report them to the police, but it considers a risk that the court may rule that those traditional pharmacies didn’t violate the current pharmacy law.

If that is the case, the ruling will give official green light to traditional pharmacists who sell OTC drugs. Some insist that KPA should still raise the issue with traditional pharmacists to draw attention from the public.

The other issue is amending the current pharmacy law. Some members of KPA say over-the-counter drugs should be divided into two categories by active ingredients. One is for regular pharmacies and the other is for traditional pharmacies.

A member of the KPA said, “We must discuss the issues with traditional pharmacies. We can’t put them aside any more. We need to go toward the most appropriate direction after reaching an agreement.”
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