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Pharmacies for the Pharmacists—Ukrainian Fears and Polish Experiences

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Department of Pharmacoeconomics and Social Pharmacy, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, 7 Rokietnicka Street, 60-806 Poznań, Poland
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Department of organization and economics of pharmacy, Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University, 69 Pekarska, Lviv 79010, Ukraine
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Department of Pharmaceutical, Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry, Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University, 69 Pekarska, Lviv 79010, Ukraine
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Department of Public Health, Dietetics and Lifestyle Disorders, Faculty of Medicine, University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszow, Sucharskiego 2, 35-225 Rzeszow, Poland
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Lviv Polytechnic National University, Institute of Economics and Management, Department of Business Economics and Investment, 5 Metropolian Andrey str., Building 4, 79005 Lviv, Ukraine
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Sci. Pharm. 2020, 88(1), 7; https://doi.org/10.3390/scipharm88010007
Received: 16 December 2019 / Revised: 8 January 2020 / Accepted: 23 January 2020 / Published: 6 February 2020
In 2017, a regulation referred to as “pharmacies for the pharmacists” was implemented in Poland, and Ukraine is going to implement a similar act of law. The study was to collect Ukrainian pharmacists’ opinions about the upcoming market regulation and to compare their views with opinions obtained from Polish pharmacists collected two years following the amendment of this legislation. The study was conducted in Poland and Ukraine using a self-designed questionnaire. Of 2162 questionnaires received, 2043 were included in the study (1623 from Ukraine and 420 from Poland). Ukrainian pharmacists (76.8%) feared that medicine prices would increase. Moreover, they presented concerns related to poorer access to pharmaceuticals and reduced turnovers of pharmacies. Two years after the market regulation, 55.23% of Polish pharmacists pointed out that none of the fears reported in Ukraine were observed in Poland. However, 33.10% revealed that market regulation led to “a reduction in the number of pharmacies”. Ukrainian pharmacists are afraid of community pharmacies’ regulation. Polish pharmacists, however, have not observed such problems during the two years following the market regulation. The only noticeable market change in Poland was the reduced number of pharmacies.
Keywords: pharmacy; pharmaceutical law; market regulations; fears; pharmacists’ opinions; Poland; Ukraine pharmacy; pharmaceutical law; market regulations; fears; pharmacists’ opinions; Poland; Ukraine
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Zaprutko, T.; Hromovyk, B.; Lesyk, R.; Lesyk, L.; Kremin, Y.; Kus, K.; Kopciuch, D.; Ratajczak, P.; Paczkowska, A.; Nowakowska, E. Pharmacies for the Pharmacists—Ukrainian Fears and Polish Experiences. Sci. Pharm. 2020, 88, 7.

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