The ministry of health submitted an amendment in parliament on Wednesday that allows people who are not licensed pharmacists to open a pharmacy.
According to the amendment, the license will be issued by the regional governor. A presidential decree will determine the terms, conditions, the limitations, the procedure and any other necessary detail regarding the granting of a license and the operation of pharmacies.
Reacting to the amendment, the head of the Greek Pharmaceutical Association, Kyriakos Theodosiadis called on the government to respect a recent ruling by the Council of State, which threw out a similar ministerial decision earlier this year, staring that only a presidential decree or a law can change the existing legal framework.
“I any case, pharmacists oppose such arrangements and will not allow in any way the establishment of pharmacies by private individuals. Anyone who wants to invest by opening a pharmacy on the basis of those governmental acrobatics will just lose his money,” he added.