jueves, 16 de mayo de 2013

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The Greek government has reportedly accused 50 leading pharmaceutical companies of cutting off supplies of key medications to the country, sparking a run on pharmacies. Drug companies say the cheap medicines they supply merely get re-exported at a profit.
Pfizer, Roche, GSK and AstraZeneca are among the producers the government says have either stopped providing certain medicines to the debt-stricken country, or plan to do so, according to the UK’s Guardian newspaper. Pfizer and Roche admit that they have done so, but GSK and AstraZeneca deny that they have reduced supplies so far.

"It's a disgrace. The government is panic-stricken and the multinationals only think about themselves,” said Dimitris Karageorgiou, secretary of the Panhellenic Pharmaceutical Association.
As the news has spread, patients with prescriptions for antibiotics, statins and other medicines totalling over 200 brand names, began queuing outside pharmacies.

“I would say supplies are down by 90%,” said Karageorgiou.
“The companies are ensuring that they come in dribs and drabs to avoid prosecution. Everyone is really frightened. Customers tell me they are afraid of losing access to medication altogether.”

But the multinationals say the government’s own lack of regulation has created this crisis, which has been more than two years in the making.
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