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Number of pharmacies in the Netherlands 2012-2017

Number of pharmacies in the Netherlands from 2012 to 2017*

by Lars Kamer, last edited Jun 24, 2019
Number of pharmacies in the Netherlands 2012-2017 The number of public pharmacies in the Netherlands declined slightly from 1,994 in 2016 to 1,989 in 2017. Nevertheless, within the 2012 to 2017 time period, this was the second highest volume. Furthermore, of the total 1,989 public pharmacies most were franchisees. In 2017, approximately 1,180 franchised pharmacies could be found in the Netherlands, whereas there were roughly 250 independent pharmacies the same year.
Macrogol most frequently used medicine

Examining the medicines with the highest usage in the Netherlands, Macrogol, used to treat constipation, was with roughly 1.2 million used medicines the most frequently used medication in 2017. Usage of omeprazole amounted to 1.16 million, whereas Diclofenac (which reduces inflammation and pain) was used 1.14 million times. Concerning the leading prescribed medicines by total expenditure, spending on contraceptives, hormonal and local medicines amounted to approximately 50 million euros, followed by sleeping medicines with an expenditure of 47 million euros.

Increasing medicine costs per pharmacy in 2017

The average total medicine costs per pharmacy declined between 2011 and 2013, before increasing again to a total of 1.5 million euros per pharmacy in 2017. The tariff revenues increased slightly as well, from 648 thousand euros in 2016 to 663 thousand in 2017.
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by Lars Kamer, last edited Jun 24, 2019
The number of public pharmacies in the Netherlands declined slightly from 1,994 in 2016 to 1,989 in 2017. Nevertheless, within the 2012 to 2017 time period, this was the second highest volume. Furthermore, of the total 1,989 public pharmacies most were franchisees. In 2017, approximately 1,180 franchised pharmacies could be found in the Netherlands, whereas there were roughly 250 independent pharmacies the same year.
Macrogol most frequently used medicine

Examining the medicines with the highest usage in the Netherlands, Macrogol, used to treat constipation, was with roughly 1.2 million used medicines the most frequently used medication in 2017. Usage of omeprazole amounted to 1.16 million, whereas Diclofenac (which reduces inflammation and pain) was used 1.14 million times. Concerning the leading prescribed medicines by total expenditure, spending on contraceptives, hormonal and local medicines amounted to approximately 50 million euros, followed by sleeping medicines with an expenditure of 47 million euros.

Increasing medicine costs per pharmacy in 2017

The average total medicine costs per pharmacy declined between 2011 and 2013, before increasing again to a total of 1.5 million euros per pharmacy in 2017. The tariff revenues increased slightly as well, from 648 thousand euros in 2016 to 663 thousand in 2017.
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