Bavaria: Emergency pharmacies are given priority

Planegg (dpa / lby) - In order to avoid drug shortages in the upcoming holidays, the emergency pharmacies in Bavaria should be given priority over Christmas.

Bavaria: Emergency pharmacies are given priority

Planegg (dpa / lby) - In order to avoid drug shortages in the upcoming holidays, the emergency pharmacies in Bavaria should be given priority over Christmas. "What we need now are measures that take effect quickly - even over the Christmas period," said Bavaria's Health Minister Klaus Holetschek (CSU) on Thursday at a meeting with the pharmaceutical wholesaler Sanacorp in Planegg, Upper Bavaria. This also includes the suspension of the review of medicines manufactured in pharmacies and the unbureaucratic transfer of medicines from hospital pharmacies to public pharmacies.

For some medicines - especially those for children - there have been supply bottlenecks for weeks and months. "In this situation, we need reliable supply routes and a short line between everyone involved. Doctors, pharmacies and wholesalers work hand in hand to bring the necessary medicines to where they are needed most, especially over the holidays," said Holetschek. The wholesaler is the link between the drug manufacturers and the pharmacies. "But even wholesalers can only deliver what is manufactured and delivered to them."

"It doesn't matter where you live in Germany, if the worst comes to the worst, you have to be able to get the medication you need quickly, safely and reliably," said Herbert Lang, CEO of Sanacorp. "Human health care is not available for free. A secure long-term supply requires both production capacities in Germany and Europe, as well as viable financing for the pharmacies."

Holetschek also sees the federal government as having a duty to act quickly and pragmatically and, above all, to sharpen the recently presented key points for better drug supply. "We mustn't delude ourselves: The key points of Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) will not bring any additional fever juices to pharmacies in the short term over Christmas. Pharmacies fear more bureaucracy, health insurance companies fear significant price increases."

In order to increase the range, Lauterbach must also enable pharmacies to be able to produce non-prescription fever juices themselves in stock and without proof of frequent medical prescriptions. "The Medicines Act must be changed for this," said Holetschek.

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