The Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia answered the questions of pharmacies at the webinar
On February 8, 2017, the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS RF) held a webinar for pharmacy employees throughout Russia on the Internet platform of electronic magazine Katren-Style.
The head of the Department for Control over Social Sphere and Trade Timofey Nizhegorodtsev answered the questions of the audience.
More than 1,000 participants were registered for the webinar of the Federal Antimonopoly Service. In the course of the webinar Timofey Nizhegorodtsev reported on the work of his department in 2016, plans for 2017, and answered more than 50 questions of the participants. In particular, issues related to the transfer of municipal pharmacies to the procurement in accordance with the Federal Law 44-FZ, the problem of competition of single pharmacies with large pharmaceutical trade networks, as well as recent changes in legislation in the pharmaceutical industry were discussed.
Timofey Nizhegorodtsev also answered urgent questions regarding homeopathy, alcohol-containing products, dietary food supplements and distance selling of medicinal products. Employees of pharmacies drew attention of the head of the Department for Control over Social Sphere and Trade of FAS RF to the issues related to high activity of the federal pharmaceutical networks, the number of pharmacies per capita and selling of drug products on prescription. Timofey Nizhegorodtsev emphasized that “he had been aware of the serious problem related to the prescription forms, but he had not expected that 60% of the questions on the webinar would concern this subject.” “We will use the materials of this webinar in our work. And I will refer to them at the meetings in the Government of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Healthcare, “ he stated.
The record of the webinar can be viewed by clicking this link.
Electronic magazine Katren-Style is a specialized online publication for employees of pharmacies. It is visited by about 40 thousand unique users monthly, and the number of views amounts to 100 thousand per month. Katren-Style is the second largest industry-specific website by popularity among pharmacy employees, the importance of information and convenience of use (according to the data of Synovate Comcon, Autumn 2016). The target audience of the resource is pharmacists (60%) and doctors (30%). The resource has also been visited by manufacturers of pharmaceutical products and students of specialized educational institutions. Webinars Katren-Style - an interactive online educational project for pharmacists, and end consumers (2-3 webinars a week for subscribers of the magazine). The lecturers - experts of the pharmaceutical market, representatives of the authorities (Roszdravnadzor, FAS), professors of the leading medical universities.