Antibiotics ruling in the north causes a storm

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Antibiotics ruling in the north causes a storm
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Antibiotics will no longer be sold over the counter at Turkish Cypriot pharmacies without a prescription.

The decision by local authorities was made in January and will be implemented as of April 1.

Turkish Cypriot chemists are up in arms over the decision on antibiotics as the move would also stump Greek Cypriot consumers who are known to frequently purchase pharmaceuticals in the north as they are cheaper.

Worries still remain over the move and the Cyprus Turkish Pharmacists Association have warned of “possible chaos”.

Association chief Cevher Cem Suzal said that whilst the move was a correct one as it prevented the sale of antibiotics freely, it needed to be implemented with the General Health Insurance system, which was not yet established.

Without the system bill in place, prescriptions will be both “financially and emotionally draining” on patients, she warned.

Suzal added that locals and chemists will be at loggerheads with customers over the issue and their desire was to see the issue eased so as not to make things more difficult.

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Antibiotics ruling in the north causes a storm

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