TALLINN - Estonian pharmaceutical wholesaler Magnum said it had been ready to deliver protective masks to pharmacies at the earliest opportunity, however the process has now been bogged down in bureaucracy.
Magnum CEO Ahti Kallikorm said that it is regrettable that the state should prioritize bureaucracy over public health in such a complicated situation.
"We are currently in a situation where we need to spend time on product information and labeling instead of making the masks available to Estonian people. We requested for the state to make an exception for us, and were met with categorical refusal -- wholesalers are not allowed to ignore any labeling requirements. Otherwise, the Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority deems the product non-compliant with requirements and prohibits the sale thereof," Kallikorm said.
"We are making every effort possible to make sure the masks are quickly made available at pharmacies, but sadly it is not just up to us. If these were pharmaceuticals, it would be understandable that accurate product information is elementary and essential. In the present time-critical situation, however, these masks would protect people's health, and demanding product information for them is an overkill," the CEO of Magnum said.
Kallikorm added that Magnum expects a more flexible and human approach from the state in the present complicated situation.
"Making reasonable exceptions is appropriate today as tomorrow it may be too late," he said.
Magnum said it will do everything in its power to deliver the masks to pharmacies by Wednesday at the latest.