By Engy Adham
Members of the Pharmacist Syndicate established the ‘No Compliance’ campaign to rebut an agreement that the syndicate president conducted with the pharmaceutical industry rooms and association of pharmaceutical distributions.
The agreement aims to regulate the process of clearing all pharmacies in the market from the expired medications.
Pharmacists collected 200 signatures to lobby for adjustments in the agreement. They say this agreement is not in favor of small and average pharmacists; only the big pharmaceutical companies would benefit from such an agreement.
As per law, pharmacists must keep their invoices or else they will not be able to return the expired quantity. Mohamed Seoud, former representative of the pharmacist syndicate, said this could be particularly difficult for some small pharmacies, because they might not be able to get the invoices from some storehouses.
Haitham Abdel Aziz, a member of the campaign, said their aim is ensure justice to all parties, including those who work in small pharmacies.
Islam Fadel, campaign coordinator, says that the Ministry of Health should be involved in these decisions because it is a matter of national security since it is tied in with the welfare of Egyptian citizens.