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The COVID-19 pandemic favours contactless sales, which is why vending machines of all kinds are becoming increasingly fashionable. PharmaShop24 is increasing the network of vending machines with pharmaceutical and drugstore products and is opening new points of sale. Do such solutions have a chance of success in Poland?
Pharmashop24 vending machines with dietary supplements and more
According to information provided by wiadomoscikosmetyczne.pl, PharmaShop24 vending machines have so far been installed in Bydgoszcz, Siedlce, Torun, Lublin, Lukow, Krakow and Katowice. Some of them operate in cooperation with the Dr. Max chain of pharmacies. The vending machines operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They offer dietary supplements, medical products, condoms, intimate gels, supplements for libido and erectile dysfunction as well as vitamins and minerals.
The company offers two types of vending machines. The Standard vending machines and the Interactive line. The latter are, according to the company, medicine vending machines providing numerous facilities, e.g. direct consultation with a pharmacist, presentation of marketing content, possibility of collecting medicines ordered by a customer outside pharmacy working hours (additional modules and boxes). The exclusive distributor in Poland of the machines of the Italian company PharmaShop24 is PharmaShop24 Poland since 2016, controlled by Vendo24.
It is worth noting that these vending machines are available in more than 3000 locations worldwide. In addition to Poland, PharmaShop24 vending machines can be found in Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, the Czech Republic, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates, and have also recently appeared in Bulgaria, Romania, Germany and the UK.
What about drugs?
Pharmashop24 is not the only company to launch pharmaceutical vending machines in Poland. At the end of January 2020, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna publicised an issue concerning drug vending machines launched in our country. According to the portal, Automnia, a company from Torun, started selling not only dietary supplements but also OTC (non-prescription) drugs in vending machines called “Lekomat”, which were then launched in five places in Poland.
DGP informed at that time that the Main Pharmaceutical Inspectorate (GIF), in its opinions issued many times, assessed that this form of selling products with the status of a drug is illegal.