The Working Group on OTC Medicinal Products established
At the proposal of pharmaceutical companies, and in conformity with Articles 17 and 18 of the Statute of the Agency for Medicinal Products and Medical Devices, the Head of the Agency passed a decision to establish the Working Group on OTC Medicinal Products. The members of the Working Group include the representatives of the Agency, the Croatian Chamber of Pharmacists, the Croatian Pharmaceutical Society, certain companies, patients' associations and domestic and international pharmaceutical associations.
The Working Group was established in order to make an analysis of the state of the OTC field in the Republic of Croatia and, based on the results, to propose to the competent ministry adequate steps and potential changes (for instance, legal amendments, determining and introducing OTC medicinal products lists etc.) that are appropriate to the economic situation in the Republic of Croatia and based on the prior practice and the experience of EU member states. The ultimate goal is to raise citizens' awareness and their concern for their own health, to review the cost-cutting possibilities in the health budget of the Republic of Croatia for this group of medicinal products and to ensure competition on equal terms in the Croatian market for all OTC manufacturers/marketing authorisation holders.
The Working Group held its introductory meeting on 18 December 2009 in the premises of the Agency for Medicinal Products and Medical Devices.