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The increase in the numbers of pharmacies is in part because of the increase in applications for 100-hour and more recently, internet or distance selling pharmacies. There is a concern that these distance selling pharmacies need to be better regulated – are they actually enhancing patient care and pharmaceutical services?

The application process for a distance selling pharmacy requires applicants to agree to provide the full range of essential services during opening hours across the whole of England in response to a patient request, but without face to face contact and at no cost to the patient. In addition, there should be nothing to suggest that these essential services are only for particular geographical areas or for specific categories of patients (for example, those in care homes).

 

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