Skip to comments.Consequences of Collapse: Access to Critical Medicines Is Disappearing in Greece
Posted on 05/18/2012 10:18:58 AM PDT by Kartographer
For patients and pharmacists in financially stricken Greece, even finding aspirin has turned into a headache.
Mina Mavrou, who runs a pharmacy in a middle-class Athens suburb, spends hours each day pleading with drugmakers, wholesalers and colleagues to hunt down medicines for clients. Life-saving drugs such as Sanofi (SAN)s blood-thinner Clexane and GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK)s asthma inhaler Flixotide often appear as lines of crimson data on pharmacists computer screens, meaning the products arent in stock or that pharmacists cant order as many units as they need.
When we see red, we want to cry, Mavrou said. The situation is worsening day by day.
The 12,000 pharmacies that dot almost every street corner in Greek cities are the damaged capillaries of a complex system for getting treatment to patients. The Panhellenic Association of Pharmacists reports shortages of almost half the countrys 500 most-used medicines.
It would be unrealistic to deny that there are many difficulties regarding all public services due to the financial crisis, Nicolaos Polyzos, secretary general of the Ministry of Health, wrote in a response to McKees article posted on the ministrys website.
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Who knows how it will get here with Obamacare.?
Those who voted for it don’t.
They will get theirs. They don’t have Obamacare.
Time to head out to the aquarium supply store. (quasi-obscure prepper reference)
One cog might be that there are too many pharmacies for suppies in Greece if they're truly on every corner.
That said, we know there have been shortages here for a couple years. A couple weeks ago I was at Walmart to pick up some basics and saw many empty shelves. Had to ask the pharmacist where some simple everyday OTC things were only to find out they had them behind the counter. She claimed she hadn't had time to put them out --- uh, no, stockers do that, not the pharmacist. I noticed they only had a handful of each item still in their packing boxes so that didn't make any sense - like they were intentionally holding them back and selling only when someone asked about them.
“I don’t think (and I pray) it won’t get this bad here...”
The possible lack of access to expensive life-saving prescriptions is what worries me the most. They are very expensive and the insurance company won’t pay for more than a one month supply for some of them, so I can’t “prep” for some lengthy unforeseen event.
Shoot, what’s the problem? Even Cuba and N. Korea have medical care, don’t they?
So just die a little, Greeks!
It's not that pharmacists can't get drugs, it's that drug companies want to be paid before shipping more drugs, and pharmacists are not getting paid in a timely manner by the Greek government.
I'm guessing shoplifting issues rather than supply issues.
Just declare access to medicine to be a “human right”, expropriate the formulas and begin cranking them out in state factories.
Go to www.survivinghealthy.com and you can order antibiotics from a licensed US doctor. Perfectly legal. You can also stockpile other meds you may take.
Very helpful info, thank you.
Socialism kills! Dumb asses.
doomandbloom.net has a series of articles on antibiotics and their use in collapse medicine. It tells you which ones you need, dosages and diseases they are used for.
Already Happening! You’ll be surprised at how long the FDA list is currently.
Stock up what you can.
Then there are outright bans, such as good CFC propellant in inhalers, leaving asthma and COPD patients with more costly and less effective inhalers.
I don’t even want to get started on a rant about that. I’m one of those who are stuck using less effective meds because of the EPA.
My thyroid quit. Having no medicine would be a death sentence for me.
We found a source online to buy my meds, I’ve got over a years supply in the storage.
Not sure this is still true. They have a statement there that says,
"Thank you for your prayers! Continue to watch our site for updates, but for now your only option for preparing for disaster is to visit us in person in Branson, MO. Watch for info on how coming soon. Dr. Bob Olson"
My son has bad asthma, too. And we have to replace them when he loses inhalers on playdates or anywhere else. The $7 inhalers are now $40-50.
I did not know that. I have not been to the site lately. He must have gotten some heat from the Feds. It would likely interrupt their plans to kill about half of us.
Just ordered. THANKS!
I’m surprised that you can still find them. I looked locally this past January, but all the stores that used to carry them stopped this past December.
What better way to “naturally” rid the nation of the conservatives over 60? Have a med shortage.
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