The three pharmaceutical wholesalers together serve just over 4,700 pharmacists in Belgium, but if the situation continues, they expect problems soon. Because they can no longer keep enough stock, there will be a shortage of medicines, with consequences for both pharmacist and patient.
While honking, the many vans with the inscription “no drug distributors = no drugs for you” arrived. Once they had taken the street next to the Vandenbroucke cabinet, they piled up boxes of medicines in front of the entrance of the building. On the boxes were stickers showing how the profit margin of the drug couriers was still 4 euros in 2016 and went to 2 euros in 2020 – by 2023 they will lose 2 euros.
“At the moment, our margin and our net profit are negative. The solution is not in our hands, but in those of the government. We have been talking with the Vandenbroucke cabinet about this problem for two years now,” said Olivier Delaere, CEO of Febelco. at.
“It has been ten years now that we have not received indexation,” says Delaere. “We expect an answer this month. We need to know what to do before 2023, otherwise we will go into bankruptcy,” he concludes.