Medicines and donor blood about to vanish in Greece
Medications and blood donations are running out of stock in the crisis-stricken Greece. Other countries are no longer willing to supply medicines and donor blood to the country due to low prices, according to The Guardian.
Officials supervising the delivery of drugs into the country say that the situation is getting worse every day. The Greek government has published the list of 50 pharmaceutical companies that have stopped or plan to stop dealing with the supply of medicines to Greece because of low prices.
Essential drugs, such as anesthetics, antibiotics, antipsychotics, medications for treating hepatitis C, arthritis and hypertension may thus disappear from the country. On Tuesday, it was announced that the Swiss Red Cross stopped delivering donor blood to Greece because the country does not pay for it.
People now have to go from one pharmacy to another looking for medications. "Companies are dropping off supplies to Greece because it is not profitable for them. Prices on drugs in Greece are one of the lowest in Europe, and they fear that intermediaries will be forwarding them to wealthier countries," Professor Yannis Tountas, the president of the national organization for the control of drug supplies said.
Greece is one of the countries of the Eurozone that has suffered from the crisis most. As of 2012, the public debt of Greece was equal to 161 percent of GDP.