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Sopharma Trading JSC. – amendments to the Law for the Drugs and Pharmacies in Human Medicine 2009-04 2009-04-03

Sopharma Trading JSC. dissents with and opposes to the amendments to the Law for the Drugs and Pharmacies in Human Medicine passed by the parliament on second reading. The company and its Executive director, Mr. Dimitar Dimitrov definitively reject the prohibition on the sale of Jsc.apted and transitional foods (mostly infant foods) in pharmacies. 

“I am of the opinion that, being an EU member-state, we will be the only state that has adopted a prohibition of such type, which is a precedent”, in the commentary of Mr . Dimitrov, who also added: “This would not only lead to deterioration of the competition environment but will also result in destruction of the distribution channel, which is currently well-developed and well-known to the end consumers”. Currently over 60 % of the consumption of this type of foods is effected exactly through their sales in pharmacies.

A large part of them, especially adapted milks are prescribed following to a consultation with a physician and the relevant receipt that may not be interpreted in a competent way at a place other than a pharmacy. A clear instance thereof is the fact that in pharmacies only mothers will obtain a professional consultation about the foods. This consultation will be provided by a person (pharmacist) having competent knowledge in the field. It is not accidental that the EU directives regarding the consultations about these foods require such consultations to be delivered by a pharmacist. This is exactly what should determine also the channel for sale of adapted and transitional foods. Under same requirement they are also defined as special application products.

Not to be overlooked is also the fact that by the amendments to the Law for the Drugs and Pharmacies in Human Medicine in this respect, the situation of smaller pharmacies will also be aggravated. In addition, these amendments will lead  to serious difficulties in the procurement of the foods to people in smaller populated areas, where no large stores exist. The parents with children below the age of 3 – the main consumers of the foods - are used to find them and provide them to their family from the pharmacies along with the other products necessary for the child – diapers, cosmetic items, etc. After the enactment of the amendments to the Law for the Drugs and Pharmacies in Human Medicine, the consumers of this type of products will be losing time in searching for a supermarket or a drugstore, which will create difficulties to them and will worsen their financial situation due to the possible excessive piling of reserves of such foods.

In support of the branch associations in their dissent concerning these amendments, we appeal for a revision of the Law for the Drugs and Pharmacies in Human Medicine and the provision of a clear and regulated possibility for the sale of these foods within the pharmacy network.