Dis­pen­sary Cor­ner

Pharmacy Daily - - News -

LEG­IS­LA­TION be­fore the Nether­lands Coun­cil of State could see the con­cept of latenight phar­ma­cies get a bit of a shake-up.

The bill sub­mit­ted by Erik Ziengs MP, to amend the Dutch Li­cens­ing and Cater­ing Act would al­low some cur­rently un­li­censed premises to ex­pand their busi­ness model to in­clude the ser­vice of al­co­hol.

Un­der the pro­pos­als re­tail­ers would, un­der cer­tain con­di­tions, be able to pro­vide shop­pers with “low-al­co­hol” bev­er­ages.

Ziengs said the law would breathe new life into shop­ping streets and re­vi­talise Dutch towns and vil­lages.

Ac­cord­ing to Dutch in­ter­na­tional law firm, Nau­taDu­tilh, the leg­is­la­tion could see con­sumers sip champagne at the hair­dresser’s or a beer at the phar­macy.

While a pale ale might be tempt­ing, we sus­pect phar­ma­cists might be more in­clined to cre­ate some unique cock­tails for pa­tients to en­joy while wait­ing for a script to be filled.

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