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Only 17,571 left – the number of pharmacies is falling ever faster to a dramatic negative record

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Only 17,571 left – the number of pharmacies is falling ever faster to a dramatic negative record

25.01.2024 – 14:02

ABDA Bundesvgg. German pharmacist associations

Berlin (ots)

In Germany, the number of pharmacies fell to an all-time low of 17,571 at the end of 2023. That is 497 fewer pharmacies than at the end of 2022 (18,068) – the largest annual loss of pharmacies in the history of the Federal Republic. The 559 closures were compared to only 62 new openings last year. There was a decline in the number of pharmacies both at main and individual pharmacies (minus 405) and at branches (minus 92). The number of individual pharmacies without branch structures has even fallen below the 10,000 mark for the first time (9,645). Since the peak in 2008 (21,602), the number of pharmacies has fallen by more than 18 percent. This is proven by a calculation by the ABDA – Federal Association of German Pharmacists Associations, which is based on reports from the state pharmacist associations in all 16 countries. With 21 pharmacies per 100,000 inhabitants, the pharmacy density here is well below the European average (32).

“The pharmacies ensure the supply of medicines close to home for the entire population between the Baltic Sea and the Alps, and they are also an indispensable part of every local infrastructure,” says ABDA President Gabriele Regina Overwiening: “Every pharmacy that closes is a bitter loss for the patients . Additional routes to the nearest pharmacy are becoming more and more common. Without the pharmacies, the delivery bottleneck crisis would not be able to be shouldered, and the introduction of e-prescriptions, which requires explanation, would also overwhelm society without the expertise of the pharmacy teams. Many owners still have to give up because they “The economic basis is disappearing. And for young pharmaceutical professionals, setting up a new pharmacy is becoming increasingly unattractive due to a lack of economic prospects.”

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The ABDA president calls on the traffic light coalition to act: “In the past few months, we have protested several times across Germany and pointed out the economic grievances in the pharmacy system. But instead of financially stabilizing the pharmacies, the Federal Ministry of Health has presented dangerous plans that result in a… further economic weakening of the system and would result in two-tier care. The pharmacy fee has not been adjusted for more than ten years and has recently even been cut again – although in the same period the consumer price index fell by 38 percent and the costs in pharmacies even by 60 percent percent have climbed. We therefore urgently call on the traffic light parties to present a pharmacy rescue law, which includes, among other things, an immediate adjustment of the pharmacies’ fees. And in order not to end up in an eleven-year round of zero fees again, the fees of the Pharmacies will be automatically adapted to economic developments in the future.”

Further information at www.abda.de

Press contact:

Benjamin Rohrer, press spokesman, 030 40004-131, [email protected]

Christian Splett, deputy press spokesman, 030 40004-137, [email protected]

Original content from: ABDA Bundesvgg. German pharmacist associations, transmitted by news aktuell

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