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Critics worry pharmacy profit motive puts patients at risk

The leaders of the pharmacy trade union have demanded that drugstore owners be forced to put patient safety before profits.

In a debate piece in the newspaper Dagens Nyheter, the leaders of the union Carina Jansson and Gunilla Andersson write that since the state-run pharmacy monopoly was broken up in 2010, a number of problems have ensued.

They believe that expansions of pharmacies have come at the cost of storage space for prescription medicines, so that drugstores have been having trouble filling prescriptions within the 24-hour limit.

Short-staffed drugstores have led to stress and health problems among personnel, and training courses have been neglected, Jansson and Andersson write.

The union wants drugstores to be staffed with more people, and they want drugstores to get rid of rules limiting how long pharmacists can spend advising customers about prescriptions.

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