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Co-ops get panel okay to open private pharmacies

Shareholders party in profits

KUWAIT CITY, July 12: The Legislative Committee approved a proposal to give cooperative societies the right to open private pharmacies, similar to private hospitals and Kuwaiti pharmacists, and include the profits from the pharmacy sales for the cooperative society’s shareholders in the area, reports Al- Anba daily. According to the committee’s report, the proposal submitted by MP Saleh Al-Mutairi and the proposal submitted by MPs Muhannad Al-Sayer, Abdullah Al-Mudhaf, Muhalhal Al-Mudhaf, Dr. Hamad Rouh Al-Deen and Hamad Al-Mutair recognize the right of cooperative societies to open private pharmacies without the requirement of a license be issued in the name of a Kuwaiti pharmacist. The committee clarified that it reviewed the two bills and found that they conform to the provisions of the constitution, and their objective is noble.

The proposal submitted by the disqualified MP Bader Al-Dahoum, and adopted by MP Dr. Saleh Al-Mutairi, stated the following, “It is not permissible to open a private pharmacy without obtaining a license from the Ministry of Health. Pharmacies are licensed to open for the following categories – Kuwaiti pharmacists, private hospitals with no less than 50 beds, and cooperative societies. In all cases, the pharmacist must not be a government sector employee. The pharmacist or cooperative society may not be licensed to open more than one pharmacy.

The pharmacy may not have a branch in any other place; however, the Minister of Health may grant the cooperative society, whose activity extends to more than one residential area, the license to open one pharmacy or branch in each region. Hospital pharmacies and cooperative societies, which would be licensed when this law comes into force, must reconcile their conditions within a year from the date of this law’s issuance. They are obligated to employ at least one Kuwaiti pharmacist in each pharmacy”.

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