MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
October 28, 2020
Imbalance after the ECJ ruling will finally be resolved
Tomorrow, Thursday, the German Bundestag will pass the law to strengthen on-site pharmacies. The health policy spokeswoman for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, Karin Maag, explains:
“With our law, we are strengthening our local pharmacies and thus making a further contribution to the reliable supply of medicines to citizens. We noticed once again how important this is during the corona pandemic: Pharmacies’ own production of disinfectants was an essential component in supplying people with products for personal protection. The messenger service, especially in rural areas or for people who cannot go to a pharmacy themselves during the pandemic, has also proven its worth.
It was therefore high time that we put our law to an end the inequality that has ruled since October 2016 after a ruling by the European Court of Justice: We would have liked to have legally regulated a complete Rx mail order ban. I did not have this implemented in a legally secure manner due to the European legal hurdles. That is why we set the so-called equality. In the Social Security Code, it is now bindingly regulated that no benefits may be granted for legally insured persons when dispensing prescribed drugs. We are also introducing additional paid pharmaceutical services to which statutory health insurance insured persons are entitled. We are now permanently paying the delivery service for the pharmacies. In this way, this law benefits our local pharmacies as well as the citizens, who can only find personal advice and night and emergency services there. “
Background: Prescription drugs are called RX preparations. These preparations are subject to fixed prices in Germany and cost the same everywhere.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.