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  • Number of pharmacies in Belgium declines

    Number of pharmacies declines At the beginning of 2015, Belgium included 4,950 pharmacies, or 1 per 2,150 inhabitants. This makes Belgium one of Europe’s closest networks. In order to ensure adequate, effective and regular supply of medicines throughout the country “, since the 1974 Distribution Act, only new pharmacies can be opened based on demographic […]

  • Brand building in a virtual world

    Amazon will make brand building even more important than ever Some people believe that as Amazon disrupts the shopping experience, it’s also going to disrupt brand building – to the extent that it could destroy the perceived value created by brands marketing efforts. Believers point to Amazon’s shopping experience and the shift of the First […]

  • Diclofenac most used in 2016

    Diclofenac most users Anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac was also in 2016 the drug package with the most users, followed by the antibiotic amoxicillin. Both drugs are typically used a short period, so that the average use is limited per year. Colecalciferol (vitamin D3) 2016 saw the largest increase in number of users. The SFK report this […]

  • Melatonin remains OTC

    Melatonin Products may still be sold freely. That’s what the court in The Hague decided this week, after proceedings brought by the trade organization Nature and Health Products Netherlands (NPN) at the Health Care Inspectorate (IGZ). Last year, the court ruled in Arnhem in an emergency procedure initiated by the NPN which could be products of 0.3 […]

  • More franchises and chain pharmacies

    More franchises and chain pharmacies in the Netherlands More and more pharmacists join as a franchisee to a chain or formula. In 2011, 61% of the pharmacies affiliated with a chain or formula. This has now risen to 77%. Individual pharmacists Close hardly independent contracts with insurers and thereby align themselves more through purchasing collectives […]

  • Number of pharmacies in Belgium continues to decline

    The number of pharmacies in Belgium is declining steadily according to figures from the Association pharmaceutique belge (APB), the national federation of independent pharmacies. Numbers peaked in 1999, with 5,277 pharmacies across the country, but have been declining ever since. A moratorium on opening new pharmacies was introduced that year and is set to run […]