Hesse’s health minister rejects Lauterbach’s plans for pharmaceutical reform

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Wiesbaden. Hesse Minister of Health, Diana Stolz (CDU) rejects Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach’s (SPD) plans for more flexible requirements for pharmacies. “The owner-managed pharmacy should not be broken up,” she explained on Monday after a visit to a pharmacy in Wiesbaden.

“Pharmacists are the guarantors of low-cost, high-quality counseling in the city and the country.” “During the pandemic, we saw the importance of pharmacies and the role they play”, explained Minister Stolz. “We shouldn’t get rid of this.”

To maintain the supply network for patients, especially in rural regions, Lauterbach intends, among other things, to make agency requirements, opening hours and presence of pharmacists more flexible and allow for new digital solutions. This comes from a His ministry’s bill for a law outside. “Telepharmacy” will be expanded through interactive video connections.

Can you open the store without pharmacist?

This means that a pharmacy must be able to open even if the pharmacist is not on site but at another pharmacy in the network – and can provide advice via digital connection if necessary. However, pharmacy management must be present in person for at least eight hours per week. Otherwise, experienced pharmaceutical-technical assistants should also be available in this context.

The president of the Hessian Pharmacists’ Association, Holger Seyfarth, explained that the project was a general attack on the entire profession, its pharmaceutical competence and the supply of medicines close to home. The minister appears to want to abolish pharmacists as the final checkpoint between the doctor’s prescription and the patient, criticized Seyfarth.

Protests planned for the end of the week

Pharmacies in Hesse are protesting this week against Lauterbach’s plans with a two-day closure. On Thursday and Friday (June 27th and 28th), the supply of medicines should only be ensured through emergency services. A large rally is planned in Frankfurt on Thursday afternoon. (dpa)

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