Athens pharmacists claim longer hours will drive them to ‘extinction’

The City of Athens’s plans to extend pharmacy opening hours met with further opposition on Monday as the Panhellenic Pharmacists’ Association suggested that the change, which will lead to stores being open for 62 hours a week, would cause the “extinction” of pharmacists.

The City of Athens last week approved new opening hours that would see pharmacies remain open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The new timetable would be voluntary.

The pharmacists’ association said it was “unacceptable” for pharmacies to be regarded as normal retail stores.