Pharmacies in 14 prefectures of Greece are refusing to provide medicines on credit to customers insured with the National Organization for Healthcare Provision (EOPYY) due to the fund’s debts.
EOPYY owes 117 million euros for prescriptions in May and another 145 million for drugs provided in June.
Pharmacists from Thessaloniki, Imathia, Pieria, Halkidiki and Kilkis joined the boycott on Thursday, saying that they will be forced to close if EOPYY fails to settle its bills.
Customers in these areas will have to pay for the drugs themselves until the matter is settled.
The Panhellenic Pharmaceutical Association is due to meet on August 25 to decide whether to take nationwide action.