Wednesday, 25 February 2004

Questions (122)

Paddy McHugh

Question:

209 Mr. McHugh asked the Minister for Health and Children if he will introduce legislation to ensure that pharmacies stay in the hands of pharmacists; and if he will legislate for a one pharmacist, one pharmacy model. [6339/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

The opening and operation of retail pharmacies in Ireland is governed by the Pharmacy Acts 1875 to 1977, subject to restrictions imposed by non-pharmacy legislation such as the Planning Act. Pharmacies have not been exclusively pharmacist controlled since 1890. Any individual or company may open a pharmacy providing that the shop and the dispensing and compounding of medical prescriptions are personally supervised by a person who is a pharmacist and is employed in a full-time capacity and is not acting elsewhere in a similar capacity. I have no plans to legislate for a one pharmacist, one pharmacy model.