Five shops sell medicines

10.06.2021 - 14:13
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Five food shops have been granted special permission to sell certain medicines usually only available at pharmacies under Iceland’s strict pharmaceutical laws. The drugs in question include paracetamol (Paratabs), ibuprofen (Íbúfen), and the common allergy pills loratadine (Lóritín) and cetirizine (Histasín).

The special permit began this week and applies to the Krambúð branches in Flúðir and Laugarvatn, and Kjörbúð in Fáskrúðsfjörður. They join Búðin in Borgarfjörður and the shop on Hrísey island, which already had the licence.

Under Icelandic law, all medicines must only be sold by those with a medical sales licence (pharmacies). Since 1st January, however, the Icelandic Medicines Agency has had the ability to grant exceptions when deemed appropriate. 

A help for rural communities 

The Medicines Agency only uses its power to tackle specific needs in rural areas. 

According to information from the Medicines Agency, exceptions are only granted where there are no other licenced medical distributors, such as pharmacies, for at least 20 kilometres. The Agency decides what sort of medicines general shops are allowed to sell, how strong they can be, and in what sort of packaging. 

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Alexander Elliott
Project manager