May a Polish pharmacy ship large quantities of a drug to a foreign entity ?  The Central Pharmaceutical Inspectorate seems to think not. Experts, meanwhile, argue that the relevant laws are imprecise, and day-to-day market practice has already brought examples of exploitation of the loophole.

As DGP learns, Polish pharmacies have recently been observing a spike in cases of people walking in off the street and asking to buy several hundred, or over a thousand, packages of an OTC drug, e.g. one containing ibuprofen, and asking for a VAT invoice issued to a foreign entity, e.g. one registered in the UK. Experts entertain little doubt that this is the new modus operandi of criminal groups active in illegal cross-border medicines trade, officially referred to as the inverted distribution chain (...)


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