24 hour chemist to open in Montpellier

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A first for Montpellier, the pharmacy on la Comédie, next to the Monoprix store, will open 24 hours a day as from Saturday 29th June.

Access to the public will be from 8am until 10pm.  After 10pm access will be via a counter where the public will be served by a member of staff.

The service will be available seven days a week.

The initiative is “logical in the evolution of our society”, according to Dora Knani, pharmacist, majority owner.

The initiative of the pharmacy did not need the authorisation of the regional health agency (ARS).  “There is nothing to prevent us from extending the 10pm access limit if the demand is there”, said Benjamin Jacob, another owner.

The reaction of Frédéric Abécassis, president of the trade union of pharmacists in the Hérault said “There is not a day goes by without me being challenged on the subject.” The arrival of the first pharmacy to open 24 hours a day in Montpellier, like the initiatives launched in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, Toulouse, raises “a certain excitement” in the profession, added Frédéric Abécassis.

Without questioning “the economic and personal choice” of the managers of the pharmacy, Frédéric Abécassis has some concerns.  “The union is responsible for the proper organisation of the call out pharmacists, of which there are two each night in Montpellier.” He has scheduled a meeting on the subject on June 24th, as the concern is that the hours of the on call pharmacists will be reduced.

Source: Midi Libre