Panhellenic Pharmaceutical Association

Why are Greek pharmacies running out of basic medicines

Drug shortages bring despair to pharmacists and patients every day, with over 400 essential medicines missing from the market, leaving patients unable to meet pressing needs. The missing drugs concern chronic conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, mental illnesses, while some categories of drugs that are in short supply are anticoagulants, painkillers, antibiotics, etc.

Pharmacists on civil war path

A civil war is in the making between pharmacists over a joint ministerial decision which provides for the operation of drugstores over the next two Sundays.

On the one side are pharmacists who wish to open on those days and on the other is the Panhellenic Pharmaceutical Association, which says opening on Sundays is a violation of legislation regarding the Sunday holiday.