Pharmacy reform: that is changing!

The first part of the new pharmacy reform comes into force

The changes to the pharmacy works regulations and the pharmaceutical price regulation have been implemented in the Federal Law Gazette. This was the first part of the planned pharmacy reform package.

"The regulation is an important milestone in the pharmacy reform," reports Friedemann Schmidt, President of the Federal Association of German Pharmacists' Associations (ABDA). For patients, the availability of local pharmacies at all times of the day and night is an important part of public services. That is why, among other things, the messenger service of pharmacies has been expanded. In addition, the night and emergency services are subsidized more.

What does the new reform entail?

In future, pharmacies should not only be able to provide an on-site pharmacy service for medicines in special cases, but at any time. The associated advice can also be given by phone. The transport of temperature-sensitive drugs is now also more clearly defined. Private patients will also be able to exchange prescribed prescriptions for cheaper medicines, provided that they have the same active ingredient. In addition, the emergency service surcharge per prescription drug will be increased from 16 to 21 cents from 2020. For medication requiring documentation, such as narcotics, the surcharge increases from EUR 2.91 to EUR 4.26 per delivery.

The second part is expected shortly

The second part of the reform has not yet been adopted, but is expected shortly. "The regulatory challenge of finally restoring equivalence to prescription drugs remains," comments Schmidt. This problem must now be solved urgently. The law must be discussed and passed quickly in the Bundestag. (vb)

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Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek


  • Federal Association of German Pharmacists' Associations: First part of the pharmacy reform comes into force - second part must follow as soon as possible (accessed: October 21, 2019),

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