Going Greek

via medexpressrx.com

via medexpressrx.com

They say we’re only three days away from a civil war after the supermarket shelves are empty.

In a way, that’s what’s happening in Greece, except it’s medicines that are running out.

The Guardian reports:

Greece is facing a serious shortage of medicines amid claims that pharmaceutical multinationals have halted shipments to the country because of the economic crisis and concerns that the drugs will be exported by middlemen because prices are higher in other European countries.  

Hundreds of drugs are in short supply and the situation is getting worse, according to the Greek drug regulator. The government has drawn up a list of more than 50 pharmaceutical companies it accuses of halting or planning to halt supplies because of low prices in the country.

Ouch.  Even as a country, if you don’t pay your bills, eventually your supplier will stop sending you stuff.

More than 200 medicinal products are affected, including treatments for arthritis, hepatitis C and hypertension, cholesterol-lowering agents, antipsychotics, antibiotics, anaesthetics and immunomodulators used to treat bowel disease.

Those nasty multi-national drug companies.  What bastards.

The Red Cross wouldn’t do something like that.

Separately, it was announced on Tuesday that the Swiss Red Cross was slashing its supply of donor blood to Greece because it had not paid its bills on time.

Oops.

“Companies are ceasing these supplies because Greece is not profitable for them and they are worried that their products will be exported by traders to other richer countries through parallel trade as Greece has the lowest medicine prices in Europe,” said Professor Yannis Tountas, the president of the Greek drug regulator, the National Organisation for Medicines.

Oh dear.  Not paying its bills and selling their own suppliers’ drugs cheaper elsewhere undercutting their supplier in other markets.

How could that possibly go wrong?


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