Pharmacies in Europe

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Density of Pharmacies in the EU

With more than 20,000 pharmacies and a population of more than 80 million, Germany has a pharmacy density of 25 pharmacies per 100,000 inhabitants. In fact, the total number of pharmacies in Germany…

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Value Added Tax in the EU

In Germany, the value added tax (VAT) levied on all drugs is 19 per cent. This is the "regular" VAT rate in the country. In contrast, there is a "discounted" VAT rate of 7 per cent which applies to…

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Ownership requirements of pharmacies in the EU

In contrast to some other countries, the owner of a community pharmacy in Germany must be a pharmacist. A pharmacist may own one main pharmacy and up to three subsidiaries.