More pharmacies in Luxembourg in the future?

Population growth is increasing demands in a number of different areas. The supply of medicines and related products is one of these. Against this background, our MPs Gilles Baum and André Bauler have asked the Minister of Health, among other questions, if an increase in the pharmacy quota is planned for this decade.

« Il va sans dire que la croissance démographique de ces dernières années fait croître les demandes sur les plans les plus divers. Ainsi le nombre de pharmacies a été révisé à la hausse depuis le début du siècle afin de faire face aux demandes de la population en matière d’approvisionnement en médicaments et produits assimilés. Voilà pourquoi nous aimerions poser les questions suivantes à Madame la Ministre de la Santé :

  • Quel est le nombre de pharmacies qui exercent actuellement au Luxembourg ?
  • Est-il prévu d’augmenter le contingent des pharmacies au cours de cette décennie ?
  • Dans l’affirmative, quel sera le nombre programmé par le ministère de la Santé ?
  • Quels sont les critères retenus pour décider de l’implantation d’une officine en une région déterminée ?
  • Dans quels cantons ou communes du pays le ministère prévoit-il d’établir une ou plusieurs nouvelles pharmacies ? »

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Do rapid diagnostic tests help against antibiotic shortages?

France is considering only allowing antibiotics to be prescribed if a rapid diagnostic test is carried out beforehand. This would make it possible to determine with certainty whether the infection is bacterial or viral.
This could on the one hand counteract the lack of antibiotics and on the other hand reduce antibiotic resistance.
DP MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health how many antibiotics have been prescribed in Luxembourg in the last five years and whether doctors should be made more aware of prescribing diagnostic tests.


Is therapeutic housing being commercialised?

Therapeutic housing is currently offered by approved outpatient psychiatric services to people suffering from mental health problems.
Rumours are now circulating that the Ministry of Health is planning to entrust the management of therapeutic housing to a commercial company.
DP MPs Gusty Graas and Gilles Baum asked the Minister for Health whether these rumours were true and, if so, why this course of action was being pursued rather than supporting the existing players in approved outpatient psychiatry.


Is there also abuse of “proton pump inhibitors” in Luxembourg?

According to a recent scientific study, the long-term use of so-called “proton pump inhibitors” (IPP), which are used to treat stomach problems, increases the risk of developing dementia. The DP MP Gusty Graas asked the responsible ministers whether they are aware of this study, what conclusions they draw from it and whether figures on the use of IPPs in Luxembourg are known.