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Prosecutor orders investigation into shortage of medicines in Greece

Supreme Court prosecutor Yiannis Tentes has ordered an investigation into whether pharmaceutical companies or pharmacists have been complicit in creating a shortage of medicines in Greece on purpose.

Tentes has asked all of Greece’s appeals court prosecutors to probe the allegations after SYRIZA MP Panayiotis Kouroublis brought up the matter in Parliament.

Tentes wants to know if patients have been unduly exposed to illnesses as a result of market players creating shortages of drugs.

Meanwhile, the Athens Medical Association (ISA) has filed an appeal with the Council of State, Greece’s top administrative court, against the government’s decision in November to make doctors issue prescriptions based on the active ingredient of the drugs the patients must take.

Greece is trying to increase its use of generic medicines to reduce its drugs bill in the public healthcare sector.

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