ECONOMY

Price hikes for 31 medicines

Customers at pharmacies were met with new drug prices yesterday after the Development Ministry approved the latest price changes. Prices on 31 medicines went up, while the cost of 13 drugs fell by up to 54 percent. The government said the price hikes are necessary due to higher production costs. Separately, sources said the Pharmaceutical Association of Attica (FSA) is calling on state pension funds to pay their debts, which total some 50 million euros. State pension fund OAEE has been instructed to pay the 20 million euros it owes as pharmacies threaten to stop serving people insured by the organization.