In the opinion of the industry associations, the statutory notice "Ask your doctor or pharmacist" in drug advertising should be reworded in a gender-sensitive manner. "The wording prescribed by law is no longer up to date," said Doctors' President Klaus Reinhardt to the editorial network Germany (RND).
He emphasized that around half of the medical profession is female. Almost 90 percent of the employees in public pharmacies are women, said the President of the Federal Union of German Pharmacists' Associations (ABDA), Gabriele Regina Overwiening. "A purely male use of language can by no means be regarded as fair language practice," she criticized.
The wording "For risks and side effects, read the leaflet and ask your doctor or pharmacist" is prescribed in the Medicines Act. "The mandatory text should be replaced by a neutral yet easily understandable wording," Reinhardt demanded. The President of the German Medical Association, Christiane Groß, suggested adding "...or ask your doctor's practice or pharmacy" instead of the male professional titles.
ABDA boss Overwiening spoke out in favor of a legal solution in which several variants are allowed: So could "Ask your doctor or your pharmacist", "Ask your doctor or your pharmacist" or "Ask your doctor or your pharmacist". be allowed.