This was announced to reporters by the Minister of Health of the Russian Federation Veronika Skvortsova on April 13. Earlier, the Ministry of Industry and Trade finalized a draft law on sales of OTC drugs in grocery stores.
“The approval by the Ministry of Health is impossible. We did not change our position. The position remains unchanged. We have currently achieved one of world’s highest levels in accessibility of medicinal products,” she said.
The Minister reminded that the licenses for pharmacy activities had been granted to medical institutions, paramedical and obstetric stations, rural outpatient departments.
“This is provided for cases, if there are no pharmacy kiosks nearby,” she said.
The Minister noted that the three characteristics of any medicinal product are its quality, efficacy, and safety.
“The borderline between these characteristics can sometimes be very shaky, if they are stored or used incorrectly. Therefore, our position is that the outlets selling medicinal products must be licensed. The people working in these retail outlets must be ready to provide professional and competent explanations,” said Ms. Skvortsova.