Morocco’s National Federation of Trade Unions of Pharmacists (FNSPM) has announced that the country’s pharmacists will go on a national strike on December 27.
Rabat – The decision was made at the meeting of pharmacists unions on Thursday, November 29, in Casablanca.
The federation deplored the “irresponsible” treatment of the Ministry of Health regarding their claim book, namely the fiscal and legislative aspects related to the situation of community pharmacies.
The FNSPM are demanding five flagship measures in the claim book, including putting an end to the anarchy that characterizes the planning of on-call pharmacies and the opening and closing hours of pharmacies in some cities.
Included in pharmacists’ demands is the regulation of the sale of veterinary drugs. They demand that t the sale of such drugs be exclusively granted to pharmacies.
The demands also contain the establishment of medical coverage for pharmacists. The medical coverage should take into account the fragile socio-economic situation of pharmacies, on which the amount of the contribution will be based.
They also requested the right to substitution, a medical mechanism to cope with the increasingly frequent phenomenon of stock-outs, in a context marked by the proliferation of generic medicines.
Meanwhile, Pharmacists request an urgent reform of the sector’s taxation. They want to benefit from a tax exemption measure, considering it as the only way to mitigate the crisis affecting the sector.