The 145-year-old Vatican Pharmacy, which provides medication to the Pope, the Vatican’s employees and residents and the 10,000 members of the private Vatican mutual health insurance group, will be modernized. It will soon be equipped with a robot to manage inventory and a virtual storefront to free up space for its clientele.
While the location—near the Porta Sant’Anna—is renovated, the pharmacy will move to a prefab building in the same street. The renovation is scheduled for completion in late May 2020.
The Vatican pharmacy was founded in 1874 by Brother Eusebio Ludwig Fronmen, a religious of the Order of Hospitallers of St. John of God. It receives approximately 2000 patients per day. It is the only pharmacy in the world where all foreign prescriptions are accepted.