Pharmacists to strike in protest at EOPPY’s unpaid bills

Pharmacies across the country will remain closed on Wednesday as owners shut up shop to protest the failure by social security funds to settle mounting unpaid drugs bill.

Sector professionals have also said they will stop supplying customers with medicines on credit until the National Organization for Healthcare Provision (EOPYY), the country?s main healthcare provider, settles debts of some 250 million euros for prescriptions issued in March.

The developments have prompted concerns about medical shortages, with caretaker Prime Minister Panayiotis Pikrammenos chairing a meeting on Tuesday with Health Minister Christos Kittas and unionists representing the country?s pharmacists.

Sources told Kathimerini on Tuesday that the Health Ministry has secured some 100 million euros to pay off some of EOPYY?s debts.