Original Source: The Evolution of Separation of Medicine and Pharmacy and the Ownership of Rights for Dispensing
Separation of medicine and pharmacy is a system to obtain the best medical and pharmaceutical care services for patients. However, due to the lack of trust between physicians and pharmacists, it has evolved into a dispute over the right of dispensing for a long time. The dispensing has always been regulated in pharmaceutical regulations. The J.Y. Interpretation No. 191 and No. 404 announced by the Constitutional Court concluded that the dispensing is the pharmacist’s obligation. But the physicians disputed that the complete medical rights should include the delivery of drugs due to the interpretation of the J.Y. Interpretation No. 778 explained that the dispensing is the inherent right of physicians however Article 102, paragraph 2 of Pharmaceutical Law is a legislative choice. In this issue the ownership of rights for dispensing and the current separation of medicine and pharmacy system are discussed with the historical context and the legislation construction. And the possibility of moving to the mono-track system from the two-track system is explored.