The draft bill in its current form will allow ‘health professionals’, not just qualified pharmacists, to legally dispense drugs.
The pharmacists, led by Kiatisak Panrangsri, massed at Provincial Hall at 8am, with Phuket Vice Governor Prakob Wongmaneerung formally receiving the request.
V/Gov Prakob said he would pass on the request to Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana, who in turn would pass it on to the relevant government officials.
“Some sections of the bill are not appropriate and relevant persons have not had the chance to express their opinion,” Mr Kiatisak said.
Specifically, Section 21 of the Drugs Act stipulates, “21 A licensee to sell modern drugs must have a first or second class pharmacist with the duty to act as provided in section 39 or section 40 on duty for the duration of business hours.” (See law here.)
“They want to revise the law so that any persons who passed a training course from the Food and Drug Administration but do not graduate as a pharmacist can sell (medicinal) drugs to people,” Mr Kiatisak said.
“If this becomes effective, it will increase the risk to people as those dispensing medicines will not have not enough basic knowledge of medicines,” he added.
However, last month the Thai FDA caved in to the pressure from pharmaceutical experts and agreed to allow only pharmacists, doctors, dentists and veterinarians to dispense drugs. (See story here.)