The draft list (to be approved in the near future) contains more than a thousand drug names. Including those that must be sold strictly on prescription: antibiotics, hormonal drugs, drugs for the treatment of HIV, etc.
So, when the new distance selling procedure comes into force (this will happen from March 1 in Moscow, the Moscow region and the Belgorod region, for now as an experiment), patients will be able to receive almost any medicine in home, with the exception of those marketed with a special prescription (psychotropics and powerful analgesics with narcotic components).
It will be possible to receive medicines at home according to an electronic prescription, there may be problems with a paper one
In December, Roszdravnadzor also approved a list of 503 pharmacies that were allowed to deliver prescriptions at home. The fact is that by simplifying the sale of medicines, regulators seek to maintain control: medicines are not ordinary goods, they often require special storage conditions. And the pharmacy, “subscribing” to remote work, will have to comply with all the rules, and check the availability of customer prescriptions, and ensure the storage and delivery of high-quality medicines.
“The mechanism of said trade is based on an electronic prescription, so distance selling is first introduced in regions where medical institutions and pharmacies are already connected to the electronic system,” Elena Nevolina, head of the company, explained to RG. National Chamber of Pharmacy. “Using a paper document is risky: the courier has no pharmaceutical education and can verify the prescription, so there is no guarantee that there will be no errors.”
The All-Russian Union of Patients (VSP) is pleased with the innovation. “For a long time we insisted that remote delivery of prescription and over-the-counter drugs is sorely needed,” Yury Zhulev, co-chair of VSP, told RG. “The pandemic and lockdowns helped: pharmacies were finally able to do remote sales of prescription free sale. is approved, this will be a logical continuation. The least protected people need remote delivery: the disabled, the elderly alone, families with young children.”
The effectiveness of such trade largely depends on the quality of the logistics infrastructure and the level of digitization of this process, the expert noted. In particular, it is important that the transport companies that will intervene ensure the temperature regime during the transport of medicines.
“In the case of an electronic prescription, there should not be any difficulty in dispensing, but if there is a paper prescription, pharmacies should be able to verify its authenticity. For example, when delivering a medicine, it must be provided that the courier sends a photo or scan of the prescription to the pharmacy via electronic communication,” says Zhulev.