Chemists demand legal changes

Alan Heath
24-12-2001, 00:00

Chemists are demanding changes to the recently passed highly controversial pharmacy law claiming that it opposes not only the principles of a free market but also those of inheritance.

Those opposed to the law do not just include those representatives of foreign chains wanting to enter the Polish market but also those who want to keep the chemistsí Polish. Despite the fact that they have been given a brief respite and the law will not come into force until April, it was originally planned for January, they have already gone ahead with intensive lobbying. Roman Hechman, representing the chemists organisation NIA admits that the only part of the law that they are seeking to change is that which states that only a child of a chemist who holds a pharmaceutical diploma can inherit the store. This part of the law has meant that many owners of chemistsí stores have attempted to convert their business into a limited company, thus allowing inheritance. In Katowice alone there have been 300 applications from a total of 900 stores.

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