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Written Answers. - Pharmacy Regulations.

Wednesday, 18 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 559 No. 6

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 191. Mr. Eamon Ryan Information on Eamon Ryan Zoom on Eamon Ryan  asked the Minister for Health and Children Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin  the form of entry regulation he considers should apply for the opening of new retail pharmacies; and his views on the recent purchase by individual corporations of a large number of retail pharmacies. [25114/02]

Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin The opening of new pharmacies is governed by the Pharmacy Acts, 1875-1977, subject to restrictions imposed by non-pharmacy legislation such as the Planning Act. The Health (Community Pharmacy Contractor Agreement) Regulations, 1996, which I revoked in January this year following advice from the Attorney General, set out the criteria and procedures for granting community pharmacy contracts by the health boards.

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