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Pharmacy regulations in Estonia after two years

With one day remaining for the President to announce his decision regarding pharmacies regulations, we published interview that I did with Karin Alamaa-Aas, head of Estonian Pharmacy Chamber [in Polish]:

https://www.gdziepolek.pl/blog/estonia-dwa-lata-po-aptece-dla-aptekarza

The core of the regulation in both countries is that only pharmacists can own pharmacies, with a limit of 4. Also, pharmacies cannot be open t0o close to each other.

Regulations in Estonia are actually more strict than in Poland, because they also apply to existing pharmacies, which should be transitioned to pharmacist ownership till 2020.

Estonian market is much more concentrated than in Poland: ca. 50% of pharmacies belong to top four chains. In Poland, for comparison, the ratio is about 8-10%.