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New law shuts down Denmark’s 24-hour pharmacies

Health minister underlines that citizens will still be able to have their medicine delivered outside of normal working hours

From 2017, it will be more difficult for Danes to get their meds during off-hours (photo: iStock)
July 3rd, 2015 3:03 pm| by Christian W

Due to a new law, from 2017 it will no longer be possible to pop down to the 24-hour pharmacy for a prescription after normal business hours.

The pharmacy law means that the pharmacies will lose their grants from 2017 and 11 pharmacies in Denmark’s major cities open 24 hours will no longer be open at night.

“We don’t think that this is very fortunate,” Vagn Jelsøe, the deputy head of the consumer council Forbrugerrådet Tænk, told Politiken newspaper.

“The pharmacy duty service must work and consumers aren’t served well with a deterioration.”

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Emergency clinics 
The number of national duty pharmacies, which can deliver medicine from 06:00-24:00 – including at weekends – will be reduced from 50 to 34. The grant for these pharmacies is also being removed.

The health minister Sophie Løhde has underlined that citizens will be able to have their medicine delivered outside of normal working hours, despite the law.

In future, citizens will still be able to get their prescriptions filled from emergency clinics if they have been in contact with a doctor on duty.

The new pharmacy law was approved by a majority in Parliament and will be implemented over the course of the next 18 months.