In emergencies, pharmacists could soon sell drugs without prescriptions

A bill that would permit licensed pharmacists to provide customers with certain prescription drugs in emergencies without a doctor’s prescription was approved on Wednesday by the Knesset Labor, Social Welfare and Health Committee for its second and third readings.
At the same time, supervision of pharmacies, pharmacists, importers and manufacturers would be boosted to fight the phenomena of counterfeit and stolen drugs, with punishments of a year’s imprisonment and fines of up to NIS 30,000 against violators.
The bill would also set down instructions for marketing, import, storage and sales of drugs in pharmacies and regulations for removing damaged products from the shelves and their destruction if necessary.