What is B pharmacy 1

Easier dispensing of prescription drugs

Dispensing of prescription drugs without a doctor's prescription

Medicines in dispensing category B

The legislature wanted to make it easier for pharmacists to dispense prescription drugs. Until January 1, 2019, the drugs classified in dispensing category B were normally only allowed to be dispensed by a medical professional if a medical prescription was available. Since January 1, 2019, however, pharmacists have been able to dispense drugs in dispensing category B without a doctor's prescription in the following cases:

1. Before January 1, 2019, the medicinal product was classified in Category C.

Since dispensing category C was abolished with the entry into force of the revised Therapeutic Products Act, some medicinal products in this category were reassigned to category B. These drugs, which have been reassigned from Category C to Category B and are therefore now subject to prescription, can still be dispensed by pharmacists without a doctor's prescription. The medicinal products concerned are listed on the Swissmedic website, which is responsible for the reallocation:

List of medicinal products that have been reassigned from Category C to Category B.

2. Medicines for common diseases

This group includes drugs for the treatment of common diseases that contain known active ingredients that have been approved for several years. The Federal Council is currently determining for which indications which medicinal products can be dispensed by pharmacists without a prescription under which conditions. A group of experts will advise him on this (see section below). The indications and the drugs permitted for them as well as the other requirements will be published on the FOPH website as soon as they have been approved.

3. Medicines for the continuation of long-term medication

Drugs for the continuation of long-term medication can also be dispensed by pharmacists without a prescription for one year after the initial medical prescription. This is mainly used to treat chronic diseases.