The number of pharmacies continues to fall

Released on 22.09. 2021

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In the country, the choice of pharmacies is no longer large. The industry is plagued by a specialist and successor problem, many pharmacies are closing – an end is not in sight.

Düsseldorf (dpa) – If you want to redeem a prescription, in some places you have to go further than before. In the first half of the year, the number of pharmacies in Germany increased by 22 to 18. 591 decreased, as the Federal Association of German Pharmacists’ Associations (Abda) announced in Düsseldorf.

This corresponds to a minus of almost one percent. This continues the trend of the past few years. In the year 2008 it was still about 21. 591 Pharmacies – after that it went downhill.

Now the number is lower than it has been in almost four decades. In the year 1982 there was a total of 18. 377 Pharmacies in of the Federal Republic and GDR and thus less than in Germany today. It’s about business premises – i.e. main pharmacies plus branches. The decline affected almost all federal states, only in Bremen and Saarland the number of pharmacies remained constant in the first half of the year.

Abda President Gabriele Regina Overwiening pointed to the shortage of skilled workers and that in many places difficult search for a successor. Regarding federal politics, she said that she expected “a clear commitment to the local pharmacy with clear planning horizons” for the coming legislative period. She went on to say: “Then young pharmacists will also be inspired to take over a pharmacy in the country and improve the supply of pharmaceutical services there.”

This Wednesday begins the German Pharmacists’ Day in Düsseldorf. Around 300 delegates from the industry from different parts of the country are expected. Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) has been announced for Thursday. A major topic is the electronic prescription, which will be available in the beginning 162 everywhere in Germany and replace the paper prescriptions that have been used up to now.

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