Pharmacies in Denmark

Updated 09 June 2017

In Denmark, pharmacies have exclusive rights to sell prescription-only medicines to consumers. Likewise, a great number of over-the-counter medicines are only permitted for sale in pharmacies.

Pharmacies and pharmacy staff

A Danish pharmacy is run by a private individual – the proprietary pharmacist – who has been licensed by the Danish state to run a pharmacy at a specific location.

The staff working in Danish pharmacies are pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Apart from selling medicine, pharmacies can help people find the answers to most questions about medicine and the use of medicine.

Number of pharmacies in Denmark

At 1 June 2017, there are 236 pharmacies in Denmark, including 14 supplementary units, 8 supplementary licences, and 2 online pharmacies. In addition, there are 78 pharmacy branches, 119 branches set up voluntarily, 49 pharmacy outlets, about 500 over-the-counter outlets and about 350 medicine delivery facilities, all of which are affiliated with one of the pharmacies.

List of all pharmacies and other prescription-handling units in Denmark (Excel file)

The pharmacies' operations and annual accounts

You can find information about the operation of Danish pharmacies in the annual publication Undersøgelse over apotekernes driftsforhold (‘Study of Danish pharmacies’ operational conditions’ – in Danish only).

The study is based on reports from the Danish pharmacies' annual accounts.

Collaboration with companies

Proprietary pharmacists in Denmark have a notification duty and an obligation to apply for permission if they want to operate or have a relationship with a pharmaceutical or medical device company.

Moreover, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and students within these professions must report to the Danish Medicines Agency if they receive financial support from a pharmaceutical or medical device company to participate in a professionally relevant activity abroad.

Pharmacies selling medicines online

A number of pharmacies are selling medicines online. See our list of pharmacies selling medicines online. The list is updated regularly.

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