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professional advice is billed

Since 2015, pharmacists have received dispensing fees like doctors. Internet users who have just discovered it are indignant, like Mumu Autret, who wrote on Facebook: “The pharmacists are reimbursed for the 'advice' they give us when they give us the drugs (…) and all that is the safety that pays! “

Dispensing fees per box and those related to the prescription appear on the invoice printed by the pharmacist on the back of the prescription. They are supported by Social Security and mutuals. These fees are set by law. There are five different types. Pharmacists can also receive fees for a complex prescription (from five drugs), for a prescription linked to the patient's age (less than 3 years and more than 70 years) and linked to specific drugs.

We will make sure that the patient has understood the content of the prescription: the dosage, the times of taking, the drug interaction (…) This dispensing fee values ​​the role of pharmacist's advice “, explains Béatrice Clairaz-Mahiou, pharmacist in Châtenay-Malabry and co-president of the Hauts-de-Seine pharmacists union. These fees appeared in 2015 to compensate for the drop in pharmacists' commercial margins linked to the general drop in the price of medicines.

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