Waiver of medicines damages most pharmacies

 

Waiver of medicines damages most pharmacies -

Each pharmacy records on average an annual loss of 10,000 euros for providing the service of dispensing medicines to the population.

This is the conclusion of an economic study of the University of Aveiro, which warns that the pharmacy network is at risk of disintegration, since 69% of these micro and small companies have suffered losses.

The University of Aveiro concludes that "the trend of negative results in the pharmacy sector, which threatens the population's access to medication and pharmaceutical assistance, is one of the fundamental pillars of our NHS and the right to Consecrated Health in the constitution of the Portuguese Republic".

The study "Sustainability of the dispensation of medicines in pharmacies in Portugal" is based on the financial statements and actual billing volumes of 1,927 pharmacies, in the years 2014 and 2015.

A year ago, almost a fifth of pharmacies in Portugal were in a situation of insolvency or attachment, according to the National Association of Pharmacies (ANF).

According to ANF, the current economic model calls into question the guarantee of pharmaceutical coverage of the country, as the pharmacies crisis was responsible for the insolvency and seizures of 512 pharmacies in Portugal (17.5% of the total).

Between December 2012 and April 2015 there was a 190.2% increase in insolvencies (from 61 to 177) and an increase of 88.1% in pawns (from 180 to 335).

Source: Sapo.pt website and author on November 18, 2016