Medical Chamber: pharmacies should sell flu medicines containing pseudoephedrine only by prescription

The Czech Medical Chamber has recommended that pharmacies only sell flu and cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine through doctors’ prescriptions – reaction to current criticism by the Office for Personal Data Protection. Under regulations set by the State Institute for Drug Control, pharmacists are required to record personal information when it comes to selling medicines containing pseudoephedrine – a key ingredient in the production of the illegal drug pervetine. Pharmacists are also limited to selling 1,800 milligrams of such medicines per person, per month. The aim is to prevent abuse, such as the buying up in bulk, to curb illegal pervetine production. The Office for Personal Data Protection charged recently that the law on personal data is being broken, and called for sensitive personal data recorded by pharmacies to be esrased.

Author: Jan Velinger