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Pharmacy: The bomb defused?

Has the sectoral dialogue between the Ministry of Health and Social Protection (MSPS) and the National Union of Pharmacists managed to decongest the situation in the sector? In any case, this seems well underway, the two parties having reached an agreement on a certain number of points, in particular the willingness of the ministry to study the implementation of bill n°18-98 on the national authority.

In this sense, a joint agreement was signed this Saturday, April 15 between the MSPS and the National Trade Union Centers of Pharmacists, the National Federation of Pharmacists’ Unions of Morocco, the Confederation of Pharmacists’ Unions of Morocco, the National Union of Pharmacists of Morocco and the National Union of Pharmacists of Morocco.

It was thus agreed on the need to associate the community pharmacy profession with all the projects being developed related to the sector, as well as the commitment of the MSPS to follow closely the various stakeholders in the field of health in order to respect the legal circuit of the drug, in accordance with the provisions of the law 17-04.

The convention also stipulates the need to put in place, as soon as possible, a framework law for food supplements within the framework of the legislative process, and to develop a legal framework for determining the prices of medical supplies while guaranteeing compliance. the legal process for the distribution of sterile medical supplies, in addition to controlling the legal circuit for veterinary drugs, and the possibility of applying the right to substitute drugs.

The two parties also agreed on the revision of the economic model of pharmacies by carrying out global studies to institutionalize new missions for national pharmacies as is the case in developed countries, through the approval of new remuneration for services provided in support of hospitals, all within the framework of the reform of the national health system.

In this respect, the trade unions have expressed their willingness to work with the MSPS to download the social protection projects, to make proposals to preserve the sustainability of the insurance funds and facilitate citizens’ access to medicines, emphasizing their firm willingness to schedule other meetings in order to further develop these points in the action plan of the joint committee, the aim being to develop the sector and improve the status of pharmaceutical activity in full compliance with the laws in force.

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