top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon

1,500 pharmacies facing closure

Low profit margins mean pharmacies in rural areas and city-edge housing estates are shutting up shop, report warns

ALMOST 1,500 pharmacies could be forced to close within the next five years as they struggle to make ends meet, new research has claimed.

A survey organised of pharmacists belonging to the Fédération des Syndicats Pharmatceutiques found many members were unable to pay the bills and repay loans.

They considered the fixed prices on certain products required by the state meant their margins were inadequate compared with other healthcare professionals, such as opticians.

The poll of more than 4,000 independent pharmacists around France was sponsored by pharmaceutical marketing firm Celtipharm.

Its director Jean-Marie Liot told Ouest France: "Every region is affected. Last year 117 pharmacies closed and that is just the beginning. We estimate that nearly 1,500 could disappear between now and 2015."

He said the problem was closely linked to the issue of disappearing doctors - once a rural GP retires and is not replaced, there is no one in the area issuing prescriptions.

"Pharmacies are closing in the areas where they are needed the most - city-edge housing estates, small rural villages and other parts of France where the economy is particularly fragile."

There are more than 22,000 pharmacies in France, which sign up to a contract with the State promising a certain level of night-time and weekend service.

Health Minister Roselyne Bachelot is looking at the case for legalising online sales of non-prescription, over-the-counter medicines.

davidphotos - Fotolia.com

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Healthcare in France*
Featured Help Guide
- Understand the French healthcare system, how you access it and how you are reimbursed - Useful if you are new to the French healthcare system or want a more in-depth understanding - Reader question and answer section Aimed at non-French nationals living here, the guide gives an overview of what you are (and are not) covered for. There is also information for second-home owners and regular visitors.
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now