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Amendment would require majority ownership of pharmacies by professionals

An amendment submitted to Parliament by the government would reinstate a rule requiring pharmacies to be more than 50% owned by pharmacists, the text of the bill shows.

Hungary's former Socialist government eliminated the requirement in 2006. It also loosened regulations to allow the sale of some OTC drugs outside of pharmacies.

Pharmacies have until January 1, 2014 to comply with the new rules.

The amendment before Parliament would also prohibit ownership of pharmacies by off-shore companies, drug producers or drug wholesalers. (MTI – Econews)