Five shops sell medicines
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.