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MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –

Source: CDU CSU

Mister President! Ladies and gentlemen! With the law to strengthen on-site pharmacies, we are laying the foundation for the long-term safeguarding of the comprehensive, qualified supply of pharmaceuticals in Germany.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)

Particularly in view of the ongoing pandemic situation, the importance of on-site pharmacies for supplying the population has been impressively demonstrated.

(Applause from delegate Rudolf Henke [CDU / CSU])

My express thanks therefore go first to the pharmacists, who have made a significant contribution to overcoming the ongoing crisis over the past few months.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and MPs from the SPD and MP Matthias W. Birkwald [DIE LINKE])

I very much welcome the fact that with the law we have found a way, which is well justified under European law, to legally stipulate equality of prices for foreign pharmacies as well. Regardless of whether the insured buy their medication in the on-site pharmacy or order it online, the same price applies from now on. That means no more discounts for the senders.

In addition, we provide the pharmacies with an additional 150 million euros for remuneration for pharmaceutical services.

Above all, however, with this law we are finally ensuring that foreign mail-order pharmacies also have to adhere to the applicable rules; because pharmaceuticals are no ordinary shipping items. Patients must be able to rely on the effectiveness and harmlessness of their drugs being guaranteed at all times, even when they are shipped.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)

The on-site pharmacies have been meeting these strict quality requirements for years. Only the large senders from other EU countries have so far been able to avoid the extensive standards. This needs to end now.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)

With the on-site pharmacy strengthening law, we make it clear: Foreign mail-order pharmacies are also obliged to comply with the rules of the pharmacy law and the pharmacy operating regulations. In concrete terms, this means: The temperature requirements for transporting pharmaceuticals must also be adhered to by EU senders and documented accordingly.

(Applause from MPs of the CDU / CSU and MP Kordula Schulz-Asche [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN])

With the introduction of quality criteria for the dispatch of drugs, we ensure that drug safety is also guaranteed in future in cross-border trade with foreign mail-order pharmacies. In the past few weeks I have worked hard to ensure that these regulations are included in the law.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)

At this point I therefore again expressly demand that the new regulations are also enforced and that the senders are checked accordingly and sanctioned if they are violated.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)

In my opinion, the following must apply here: If you don’t follow the rules, you can’t get any money from the health insurance companies.

Many thanks.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)


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