They have vowed to continue refusing to provide drugs on credit until EOPYY settles its account in total. Kittas denied that he was withholding the final payment until the pharmacists back down. “I do not engage in party politics or bartering with others,” he said. “I am here for a month and will not change my beliefs.” Hundreds of people continued to queue for medicines at state-run pharmacies yesterday and Kittas suggested that 150 private pharmacies could help provide some of the drugs being demanded.
This proposal was rejected by pharmacists, who have seen pharmaceutical companies gradually reduce the supply of drugs available on the Greek market since 2010. As a result, shortages of some 170 medicines have been recorded. Greece has also introduced an electronic prescription system to cut back on waste and corruption in the sector. About half of prescriptions are now issued electronically. Almost 11,000 pharmacists and more than 37,500 doctors are using the scheme.