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Panic In Greek Pharmacies As Hundreds Of Medicines Run Short
TBI ^ | 2-28-2013 | Elizabeth Sukkar and Helena Smith, The Guardian

Posted on 02/28/2013 7:52:34 AM PST by blam

Panic In Greek Pharmacies As Hundreds Of Medicines Run Short

Elizabeth Sukkar and Helena Smith, The Guardian
February 28, 2013

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.

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.

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.

Chemists in Athens describe chaotic scenes with desperate customers going from pharmacy to pharmacy to look for prescription drugs that hospitals could no longer dispense.

The government list includes some of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies, such as Pfizer, Roche, Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca. Pfizer, Roche and Sanofi all said a few products had been withheld. GSK and AstraZeneca denied the claims.

"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.

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(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: drugs; europe; greece; shortages

1 posted on 02/28/2013 7:52:41 AM PST by blam
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To: blam

Coming soon to a Walgreens near you...


2 posted on 02/28/2013 7:55:40 AM PST by Senator_Blutarski
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To: Kartographer

Preppers ping alert.


3 posted on 02/28/2013 7:57:57 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: blam
Every morning when I awake I thank God that a clause was inserted into the 2500 page OsamaObamaCare bill insuring that no former,current,or future President,Congresscritter or Federal judge will ever have to worry about empty pharmacies.
4 posted on 02/28/2013 8:00:55 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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To: blam

BBBBut, but... I thought medical care was FREE in Greece...

The government is supposed to take care of everything...


5 posted on 02/28/2013 8:03:01 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Gay State Conservative

And you believe I am fro the Government and I am here to help you....Because of Obamacare there are so many drug shortages it is unreal..more than I have every seen. and I have been in this field for 40 yrs....Copays have doubled on scripts and cost for the same policies have gone up...for the same coverage...They want to overload the insurance companies..so they will have to go out of business and the Gov. Exchanges will take over...that is when the death panels will start cutting back on surgical procedures and wha will be covered..population control


6 posted on 02/28/2013 8:07:32 AM PST by rxtn41
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To: rxtn41

Sorry...I didn’t think my post required a sarcasm tag.


7 posted on 02/28/2013 8:12:13 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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To: blam

Greece was better off when the military junta was running things.


8 posted on 02/28/2013 8:14:28 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: blam

Socialism: what could go wrong?


9 posted on 02/28/2013 8:15:55 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: blam

Witness yet another example of the death troes of the bloated, regulatory Welfare State. Prices are too low, there are shortages, people panic and what does the government do? Draw up a list of companies to beat up on because they won’t sell drugs at a loss. The logical conclusion of the Welfare State is “give me everything you have for free.” As Margaret Thatcher stated, at some point you run out of other people’s money. They are there now in Greece and it ain’t pretty.


10 posted on 02/28/2013 8:20:27 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: blam

There is a way a US state can avoid this, but it takes some prior planning. The assumption is that the dollar has become very unstable.

Because a state can only issue currency backed by gold, the state needs to set up a company to issue a fiat alternative currency, under state licensing and monitoring, called ‘scrip’.

The biggest advantage of scrip to producers, retailers, and consumers is that it is a totally controlled currency. Prices are set once a month, and it works in a complementary manner to dollars, forcing it to stabilize.

Thus in unstable economic times it keeps both local markets and local government functional.

Scrip values are purchased with dollars or given in lieu of dollars, and it concentrates dollars at whoever is managing the scrip. And this is where pharmaceuticals come in.

Scrip favors locally produced products and services, but if something is not produced in a state, it has to be imported. So the scrip company also acts as a bulk purchasing agent, in this case buying huge amounts of pharmaceuticals with its dollars, hopefully at lower cost.

Thus it can keep a state’s pharmacies stocked when other states are running dry.


11 posted on 02/28/2013 8:29:36 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: blam
amid claims that pharmaceutical multinationals have halted shipments to the country

The greedy bastards. Off with their heads!


12 posted on 02/28/2013 8:30:14 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...
Preppers' PING!!

Coming soon to your local Obamaville Pharmacy brought to you by 'Bama' and 'Bamacare' and the 'Bama' economy.
13 posted on 02/28/2013 8:49:46 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...
Preppers' PING!!

Coming soon to your local Obamaville Pharmacy brought to you by 'Bama' and 'Bamacare' and the 'Bama' economy.
14 posted on 02/28/2013 8:49:59 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...
Preppers' PING!!

Coming soon to your local Obamaville Pharmacy brought to you by 'Bama' and 'Bamacare' and the 'Bama' economy.
15 posted on 02/28/2013 8:50:53 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: blam

Death Panels in each store!


16 posted on 02/28/2013 9:09:14 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Travis McGee

You mean we can’t just make everything free? Somebody actually has to pay for all this stuff?


17 posted on 02/28/2013 9:26:45 AM PST by qwerty1234
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To: blam

Ran into unavailability a couple of weeks ago on a prescription ... pharmacy did not have it and could not get it.


18 posted on 02/28/2013 9:58:16 AM PST by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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To: Kartographer

Coming soon? It’s already happening.


19 posted on 02/28/2013 10:06:01 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: blam

Economists only know how to make two things: shortages and surpluses. Control the price of an item below the market price and you will have a shortage. Higher, a glut.

Greece has the lowest medicine prices in Europe.

Nice going.


20 posted on 02/28/2013 10:06:19 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: SeekAndFind
BBBBut, but... I thought medical care was FREE in Greece... The government is supposed to take care of everything...

The real issue is that the pharma companies are concerned about getting paid for what they've shipped.

If you are willing to pay cash, up front, full price, you will get all the medicines you want.

21 posted on 02/28/2013 10:11:16 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard; Travis McGee; Kartographer

22 posted on 02/28/2013 10:16:13 AM PST by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: Gay State Conservative

it didn’t...


23 posted on 02/28/2013 10:26:41 AM PST by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: blam

watch the breakdown in greece. learn from it. it’s on the way here.


24 posted on 02/28/2013 10:36:58 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: mountainlion

And the first person who says you can’t have that medicine or operation had better have a boatload of life insurance.


25 posted on 02/28/2013 10:50:46 AM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I know the leftist/sheeperal view of this, though -

better that it’s not available to anyone than
only to “the rich” (ie, middle class).

They actually believe that.


26 posted on 02/28/2013 10:54:53 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: NTHockey

They’ll definitely keep the decision makers anonymous.
Leftists LOVE the idea of unaccountable power,
so they’ll make sure you can’t hold them responsible.


27 posted on 02/28/2013 10:57:09 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: blam

I suspect drugs aren’t being shipped to Greece because there’s concern the money will be worthless soon - or that the companies won’t get paid.


28 posted on 02/28/2013 11:06:02 AM PST by GOPJ (To be free is to own one's risk - Jonathan Levy)
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To: Secret Agent Man
...watch the breakdown in greece. learn from it. it’s on the way here.

I fear you're right.

29 posted on 02/28/2013 11:09:02 AM PST by GOPJ (To be free is to own one's risk - Jonathan Levy)
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To: rxtn41
I am seeing short supplies in Walgreens now. Started over six months ago. One medicine wouldn't be available for a month. Yesterday, I picked up a different prescription and it was in two bottles. They didn't have enough from one company to fill it - had to use two different companies to give me enough pills. It is Glipizide and I'll bet some of you take that.
30 posted on 02/28/2013 12:46:52 PM PST by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: blam

Although wrestling was removed from the Olympics, it should be fairly common in Greece.


31 posted on 02/28/2013 1:13:20 PM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Kartographer

You ok, K-K-Kartographer?


32 posted on 02/28/2013 1:14:47 PM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Old Sarge
...leaving the country no choice but to adopt a socialist/communist agenda

There is another choice - to return to the Constitution as written and a free market economy.

However, since the dumbing down the populace in our public schools has been accomplished and we've reached the tipping point of 50% being on goverment handouts, that likely wouldn't be an option overall. I'm hoping a few communities and maybe states will secede and create a Galt's Gulch or two.
33 posted on 02/28/2013 1:16:45 PM PST by yorkiemom
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To: blam

Didn’t the State of Illinois have that same problem? It went away when they paid the bills


34 posted on 02/28/2013 1:17:03 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: blam

They should stop complaining. They may not have any medication, but it’s free.


35 posted on 02/28/2013 1:18:37 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: MrB
I know the leftist/sheeperal view of this, though -

better that it’s not available to anyone than only to “the rich” (ie, middle class).

They actually believe that.

True, dat.

Until it's them.

36 posted on 02/28/2013 1:20:58 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: blam

Any good reading material on substitutes on popular meds for BP or pain etc


37 posted on 02/28/2013 2:14:35 PM PST by 4everontheRight (And the story began with..."Once there was a great nation......")
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To: Kartographer

I have GOT TO hit up the farm supply and pick up a pound or two of goodies!


38 posted on 02/28/2013 2:25:28 PM PST by djf (I don't want to be safe. I want to be FREE!)
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To: Marcella; Kartographer; JRandomFreeper
Canada Drug Pharmacy

Of possible interest. We have used this company with great success and significantly lower prices on some things. They mail a 90 day supply if your prescription is written for it. Usually manufacturers of the medication are in India. We've had no problems at all. Note that not all medications are available such as Schedule II's....and some meds are just as cheap at the local WalMart. But for some meds, it's a big savings.

FWIW

39 posted on 02/28/2013 5:50:46 PM PST by prairiebreeze (Don't be afraid to see what you see. -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: blam; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

It’s beginning to look like the Greeks are all gonna die!


40 posted on 02/28/2013 5:53:44 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!

somehow I bet there is no shortage of heroin in the streets


41 posted on 02/28/2013 5:58:02 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: blam
Damn, I seem to have misplaced my copy of The Black Market For Dummies.
42 posted on 02/28/2013 6:07:53 PM PST by immadashell
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To: Revolting cat!

My doctor’s handwriting is all greek to me. Coincidence? Or maybe he just likes to add a side of sliced gyro and fries to everything.


43 posted on 02/28/2013 6:09:19 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Revolting cat!

short pharmacists ain’t go no reason


44 posted on 02/28/2013 6:10:20 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: blam; Kartographer

Yes, artificially low prices, ensured by the Greek government, I presume.

Welcome to Shortage Land.


45 posted on 03/02/2013 1:15:35 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Drag Me From Hell!)
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