Pharmacies: When medicines are missing – economy


Elisabeth Dostert, Wetzlar

Daniela Hänel grew up in an economy of scarcity. She was born in the former GDR. Today she runs a pharmacy in Zwickau and is chairwoman of the Association of Independent Pharmacists. In the past few months, she has often thought that things are back to how they used to be in the East. She tells that on Monday evening to a virtual discussion group on the portal Pharmacy ad hoc. Hänel was always in the same situation as many pharmacists in Germany: sometimes there was a lack of fever syrups for children, sometimes antibiotics. The customers sometimes had more, sometimes less understanding when a drug was missing. “We’re the ones who get the frustration,” says Hänel. “We are the end of the chain. We have to pay for everything.”

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